- to dress (flax) by beating.
- Also scotch. to dress (brick or stone).
- Also called scutch·er. a device for scutching flax fiber.
- Also scotch. a small picklike tool with two cutting edges for trimming brick.
Origin of scutch
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The affray at Ferrara put the scutch upon the mighty railway scheme.Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber
James Aitken Wylie
To scutch 100 pounds of broken flax clean, 130 hours of labour are required by the German swinging method.
Scutch′er, one who dresses hedges: an implement used in scutching, esp.
Scutch is the name given to a manure made from the waste products incidental to the manufacture of glue and the dressing of skins.Manures and the principles of manuring
Charles Morton Aikman
- (tr) to separate the fibres from the woody part of (flax) by pounding
- Also called: scutcher the tool used for this
C18: from obsolete French escoucher, from Vulgar Latin excuticāre (unattested) to beat out, from Latin ex- 1 + quatere to shake
- Northern English dialect to strike with an open hand
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