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Old Scratch

noun, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
the devil; Satan.
Origin of Old Scratch
First recorded in 1755-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He's got the sperit of the Old Scratch in him, and I can't git it out.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • And, if ever Old Scratch got into a brute beast, he got into that mule this morning.

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • Egad, said he to himself, Old Scratch must have had a tough time of it!

    Devil Stories Various
  • Mercy on us, Mr. Peter, are you quarrelling with the Old Scratch?

    Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He runs like the Old Scratch was after him, and has plenty of wind left to tell how scared he is!

  • If the very Old Scratch himself had set foot on the tow-head he could not have presented a more sinister appearance.

  • Old Scratch is the Hairy one, or Pilosus, as his name is rendered in the glosses.

  • Now drive 'em in, boys—drive th' wild hawgs in with th' Old Scratch!

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
  • But Jube, Jube he come right up to Old Scratch for us—very strong Jube—very brave, like lion.

    The Gold Brick

    Ann S. Stephens

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