- a pad of paper used for jotting down ideas, informal notes, preliminary writing, etc.
Origin of scratch pad
An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for scratch pad
Reporters for Northern papers were present with their Southern brethren of scratch-pad and pencil.Dixie After the War
Myrta Lockett Avary
Her picture was done while Jimaboy was still nibbling his pen and scowling over the scratch-pad.
He stuck out one muddy hand wherein was clutched a wad of scratch-pad paper.
- mainly US and Canadian a notebook, esp one with detachable leaves
- computing a small semiconductor memory for temporary storage
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