[ UK /skɹˈæt‍ʃ/ ]
[ US /ˈskɹætʃ/ ]
  1. postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled
    scratch that meeting--the chair is ill
    we had to scrub our vacation plans
    Call off the engagement
    cancel the dinner party
  2. cause friction
    my sweater scratches
  3. cut the surface of; wear away the surface of
  4. gather (money or other resources) together over time
    they scratched a meager living
    She had scraped together enough money for college
  5. carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
    the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree
    engraved the trophy cup with the winner's name
    engrave a pen
  6. remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
    scratch that remark
    Please strike this remark from the record
  7. scrape or rub as if to relieve itching
    Don't scratch your insect bites!
  1. an indication of damage
  2. poor handwriting
  3. an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
  4. dry mash for poultry
  5. a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
  6. a competitor who has withdrawn from competition
  7. (golf) a handicap of zero strokes
    a golfer who plays at scratch should be able to achieve par on a course
  8. a harsh noise made by scraping
    the scrape of violin bows distracted her
  9. informal terms for money
  10. a depression scratched or carved into a surface
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How To Use scratch In A Sentence

  • One can hardly believe that this paper mill was started from scratch only a few years ago.
  • Observing the affected knee may reveal dystrophic changes, alteration of skin color, calluses related to kneeling or occupational abuse of the knee, scars, scratches, or rashes.
  • This was followed by a level stretch of grassy scree which leads to the crux, a steep shallow chimney, well marked by crampon scratches.
  • I have also used * toothpaste* to clean the screen; if you work at it, the toothpaste abrasives will get rid of hairline scratches on the screen surface. CIS Threads #1: Interesting Threads from the TRS Model 100 Forum Messages by Phil Wheeler
  • Ridiculous salaries and back-scratching seems to have been the order of the day. The Sun
  • Scratching doesn't have to be confined to just hip-hop tracks.
  • The grannom, and the reaction it seems to produce in fish, can prove a head-scratcher. Times, Sunday Times
  • Well, I guess we can scratch that idea.
  • In fact, one of the things I ask the salespeople in my classes to do is to take out their business card, scratch out whatever title is on it, and write in CEO.
  • The verb garadjimbat (with transitive suffix - im and continuative aspect - bat) is from English scratch (and him and about) but means ` to dig. ' VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VIII No 4
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