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This is the context, you are so hungry & you found a pot with very little food sticking on the bottom of the pot. You then scoop the little left-over food in the pot as much as possible to eat.

what word should I use?

I am hungry and dredge / scoop the little left-over food in the pot as much as possible with a spoon.

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    You scrape out as much food as possible.
    – user105719
    Feb 7, 2020 at 9:48

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Dredge has a rather nasty connotation and wouldn't be used for food. Scoop may be right here, but I like the other user's suggestion of scrape. My recommendation would be to rephrase the sentence like this:

I am hungry so I scrape as much of the left-over food out of the pot as possible.

This is easier to understand, as I feel that you were trying to fit too many thoughts into one clause. I would recommend removing the word 'little' as it feels redundant. But if you wanted to emphasize the little amount of food int the pot, I would add it as an extra sentence.

I am hungry so I scrape as much of the left-over food out of the pot as possible. There was not very much left.

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  • But I am using a spoon to do it, can "scrape" be used with a spoon?
    – Tom
    Feb 7, 2020 at 10:15
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    Yes, you can 'scrape' a pot with a spoon. Feb 7, 2020 at 20:45

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