E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Ive got into a sad scrapea great difficulty. We use rub, squeeze, pinch, and scrape to express the same idea. Thus Shakespeare says, Ay, theres the rub (difficulty); I have got into tribulation (a squeeze, from the Latin tribulo, to squeeze); I am come to a pinch (a difficulty). Some think the word a corrupt contraction of escapade, but Robert Chambers thinks it is borrowed from a term in golf. A rabbits burrow in Scotland, he says, is called a scrape, and if the ball gets into such a hole it can hardly be played. The rules of the game allow something to the player who gets into a scrape. (Book of Days.)