from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A scraper of catgut; a fiddle-player.
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Five nights ago I did on raiment of the fashion of them beyond Deepdale, and I had with me a fiddle, and was in the manner of a minstrel, and thou wottest that I am not so evil a gut-scraper, and that I have many tales and old rhymes to hand, though I am no scald as thou art.
The picture represents the "sturdy caird" taking "poor gut-scraper" by the beard, -- drawing his "roosty rapier," and swearing to "speet him like a pliver" unless he would relinquish the bonnie lassie for ever --
"You may save yourself the trouble, you dingy gut-scraper," replied
The difference between a happy song and a gut-scraper … is whether it's the person hearing it is happy or not.