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scotch1

[skoch] /skɒtʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put a definite end to; crush; stamp out; foil:
to scotch a rumor; to scotch a plan.
2.
to cut, gash, or score.
3.
to injure so as to make harmless.
4.
to block or prop with a wedge or chock.
noun
5.
a cut, gash, or score.
6.
a block or wedge put under a wheel, barrel, etc., to prevent slipping.
Origin of scotch1
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English scocche (noun and v.), perhaps blend of score and notch (> Anglo-French escocher)

scotch2

[skoch] /skɒtʃ/
verb (used with object), noun, Masonry.
1.
scutch (defs 2, 4).
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  • But it was only scotched, and it is the one living force in the English Church to-day.

    The English Stage Augustin Filon
  • One reason of this was that party feeling in politics had been scotched.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • 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.

    Young Hilda at the Wars Arthur Gleason
  • This scheme was scotched by the refusal of the Russian Government to grant him the necessary authorization and passports.

    George Borrow Thomas Seccombe
  • He knew that superstition was scotched, but he also knew it was far from slain.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • They've scotched me this once, my son—an old she-leopard, black as pitch out of an Ollacondy.

    The Three Mulla-mulgars Walter De La Mare
  • The serpent is scotched, not slain; and we must beware of its fangs.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • I thought ye dead ere now, but its scotched and not killed ye must hae been by that forest fire twa year back.

    Canoe Mates in Canada St. George Rathborne
British Dictionary definitions for scotched

scotch1

/skɒtʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to put an end to; crush: bad weather scotched our plans
2.
(archaic) to injure so as to render harmless
3.
(obsolete) to cut or score
noun
4.
(archaic) a gash; scratch
5.
a line marked down, as for hopscotch
Word Origin
C15: of obscure origin

scotch2

/skɒtʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to block, prop, or prevent from moving with or as if with a wedge
noun
2.
a block or wedge to prevent motion
Word Origin
C17: of obscure origin

Scotch1

/skɒtʃ/
adjective
1.
another word for Scottish
noun
2.
the Scots or their language
Usage note
In the north of England and in Scotland, Scotch is not used outside fixed expressions such as Scotch whisky. The use of Scotch for Scots or Scottish is otherwise felt to be incorrect, esp when applied to people

Scotch2

/skɒtʃ/
noun
1.
Also called Scotch whisky. whisky distilled esp from fermented malted barley and made in Scotland
2.
(Northeast English) a type of relatively mild beer
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Word Origin and History for scotched

Scotch

adj.

"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.

scotch

v.

"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.

n.

1778, elliptical for Scotch whisky. See Scotch (adj.).

"incision, cut, score, gash," mid-15c., related to scotch (v.).

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