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1 scratch /ˈskrætʃ/ verb
scratches; scratched; scratching
1 scratch
/ˈskrætʃ/
verb
scratches; scratched; scratching
Learner's definition of SCRATCH
: to rub your skin with something sharp (such as your fingernails) especially in order to stop an itch
[+ object]
sometimes used figuratively
[no object]
see also scratch someone's back (below)
: to make a shallow and narrow cut in (your skin) with something sharp (such as fingernails, claws, etc.)
[+ object]
[no object]
[no object] : to rub a surface or object with something sharp or rough in a way that produces a harsh sound
[+ object]
: to make a line or mark in the surface of (something) by rubbing or cutting it with something rough or sharp
: to make (something, such as a line or letters) in the surface of something by using a stick, a sharp tool, etc.
: to write (something) in a quick and untidy way
[+ object] informal
: to decide not to do or continue with (something)
: to remove (someone) from the list of players who will be playing in a game

scratch a living

or US scratch out a living
: to earn barely enough money to live

scratch off

[phrasal verb]
scratch (something) off or scratch off (something)
: to remove (something) from an object or surface by rubbing with a sharp edge or tool
: to draw a line through (something that is written down)

scratch out

[phrasal verb]
scratch (something) out or scratch out (something)
: to draw a line through (something that is written down)

scratch someone's back

informal
: to do something that helps someone else but that is often wrong or difficult to do

scratch the surface

: to deal with or learn about only a small part of something

scratch your head

informal
: to be confused about something : to think about something you do not understand

— scratcher

noun, plural scratchers [count]
2 scratch /ˈskrætʃ/ noun
plural scratches
2 scratch
/ˈskrætʃ/
noun
plural scratches
Learner's definition of SCRATCH
[count]
: a line or mark in the surface of something that is caused by something rough or sharp rubbing against it
: a shallow and narrow cut in the skin that is caused by something sharp
[count] : the sound made when something sharp rubs against a surface or object
[noncount] US slang : money

from scratch

: with ingredients you have prepared yourself rather than with a prepared mixture of ingredients bought from a store
: from a point at which nothing has been done yet

up to scratch

chiefly British, informal
: good enough : as good as expected or wanted usually used in negative statements
3 scratch /ˈskrætʃ/ adjective
3 scratch
/ˈskrætʃ/
adjective
Learner's definition of SCRATCH
always used before a noun
of a golfer : having no handicap
chiefly British : put together quickly and without enough planning or thought
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