Most people are scratching their heads, trying to understand such brutality at the hands of these two seemingly nice women.
By 1996, Haitians were scratching their heads in bewilderment, asking themselves Why has America come to save us?
It all boils down to scratching your name in the bark of a tree.
Venezuelans are scratching their heads over the mysterious silence of their ordinarily garrulous leader.
Late last week, Baez was successful in scratching the ugly scab of Anthony family dysfunction.
Strange to say, hundreds live in this way, which is vulgarly called "scratching" in New York.
And then came the scratching sound of a hand running along the wall.
She peeped into the cart-shed, where the hens were scratching about among the loose straw.
Nor did he ever again disgrace her by scratching his back against her.
Now, 'scratching' is the most difficult feature of the art of voting, and if women have mastered this, they are doing very well.
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+)