A Twitter friend just asked people, "how many nights do you cook a meal from scratch at home."
It was a busy couple of days, so I only had the opportunity to scratch the surface, but it was unforgettable.
The Daily Pic: Piero della Francesca created his worlds from scratch.
Pauline was born in Corsica in 1780 with an itch to scratch.
Well, scratch that: he probably cares a lot about future generations of people like him and his kids.
"You had better put something on that scratch," cautioned Dr. Pigg.
“No—not ill, just a scratch from an arrow,” gasped the trader with an oath.
We dont want to scratch the car all up in those bushes and on those stumps.
And she seized him like a fury, and tried to scratch out his eyes.
Just look here; this scratch on my left hand was done by a Swedish bullet aimed at my heart.
c.1400, probably a fusion of Middle English scratten and crachen, both meaning "to scratch," both of uncertain origin. Related: Scratched; scratching.
Billiards sense of "to hit the cue ball into a pocket" is first recorded 1909 (also, originally, itch), though earlier it meant "a lucky shot" (1850). Meaning "to withdraw (a horse) from a race" is 1865, from notion of scratching name off list of competitors; used in a non-sporting sense of "cancel a plan, etc." from 1680s. To scratch the surface "make only slight progress in penetrating or understanding" is from 1882. To scratch (one's) head as a gesture of perplexity is recorded from 1712.
1580s, "slight skin tear produced by a sharp thing," from scratch (v.). Meaning "mark or slight furrow in metal, etc." is from 1660s. American English slang sense of "money" is from 1914, of uncertain signification. Many figurative senses (e.g. up to scratch, originally "ready to meet one's opponent") are from sporting use for "line or mark drawn as a starting place," attested from 1778 (but the earliest use is figurative); meaning "nothing" (as in from scratch) is 1918, generalized from specific 19c. sporting sense of "starting point of a competitor who receives no odds in a handicap match." Sense in billiards is from 1850. Scratch-pad is attested from 1883.
in Old Scratch "the Devil," 1740, from earlier Scrat, from Old Norse skratte "goblin, wizard," a word which was used in late Old English to gloss "hermaphrodite;" probably originally "monster" (cf. Old High German scraz, scrato "satyr, wood demon," German Schratt, Old High German screz "a goblin, imp, dwarf;" borrowed from Germanic into Slavic, e.g. Polish skrzot "a goblin").
Hastily arranged; impromptu; spur of the moment; pickup: a scratch jazz ensemble (1851+)
1. (From "scratchpad") Describes a data structure or recording medium attached to a machine for testing or temporary-use purposes; one that can be scribbled on without loss. Usually in the combining forms "scratch memory", "scratch register", "scratch disk", "scratch tape", "scratch volume".
See also scratch monkey.
2. (primarily IBM) To delete (as in a file).