Rumors that Carole Middleton would join the Australian tour to help look after Prince George have been scotched by the palace.
But it was only scotched, and it is the one living force in the English Church to-day.
One reason of this was that party feeling in politics had been scotched.
If that can be scotched, I believe the whole Teutonic military structure would soon tumble.
The cellar ran full with its tally of scotched and crippled men.
This scheme was scotched by the refusal of the Russian Government to grant him the necessary authorization and passports.
He knew that superstition was scotched, but he also knew it was far from slain.
They've scotched me this once, my son—an old she-leopard, black as pitch out of an Ollacondy.
The serpent is scotched, not slain; and we must beware of its fangs.
I thought ye dead ere now, but its scotched and not killed ye must hae been by that forest fire twa year back.
"of Scotland," 1590s, contraction of Scottish. Disdained by the Scottish because of the many insulting and pejorative formations made from it by the English (e.g. Scotch greys "lice;" Scotch attorney, a Jamaica term from 1864 for strangler vines).
Scotch-Irish is from 1744 (adj.); 1789 (n.); more properly Scots-Irish (1966), from Scots (mid-14c.), the older adjective, which is from Scottis, the northern variant of Scottish. Scots (adj.) was used in Scottish until 18c., then Scotch became vernacular, but in mid-19c. there was a reaction against it. Scotch Tape was said to be so called because at first it had adhesive only on the edges (to make it easier to remove as a masking tape in car paint jobs), which was interpreted as a sign of cheapness on the part of the manufacturers.
"stamp out, crush," 1825, earlier "make harmless for a time" (1798; a sense that derives from an uncertain reading of "Macbeth" III.ii.13), from scocchen "to cut, score, gash, make an incision" (early 15c.), of unknown origin, perhaps [Barnhart] from Anglo-French escocher, Old French cocher "to notch, nick," from coche "a notch, groove," perhaps from Latin coccum "berry of the scarlet oak," which appears notched, from Greek kokkos. Related: Scotched; scotching.
1778, elliptical for Scotch whisky. See Scotch (adj.).
"incision, cut, score, gash," mid-15c., related to scotch (v.).