From the very beginning, from the outset; from nothing. For example, I knew we'd have a problem from scratch. Similarly, to start from scratch means “to start from the very beginning,” as in After the business failed, they decided to reorganize and start from scratch. This term comes from racing, where a competitor starts from the line scratched into the ground (whereas others may start ahead with a handicap). [Mid-1800s] Also see from the ground up; from the word go.
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“You try to always scratch where the itch is,” Huckabee said about his campaigning and rhetoric in the 2008 primary.
“Scratch a liberal, find a fascist every time,” Woods tweeted in April.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
People will always scratch and save if a sudden burst of unrestrained pleasure can be purchased.
Starting from scratch is never easy—and the team of journalists had serious competitors in Russia's state-owned media.
“In the past, my goal was to have you scratch your head and then maybe nod it,” she says.
But the Mexican caballeros had no notion of coming up to the scratch a third time.
Not so much, either; 'cause a chicken will stir round an' scratch a livin' out the ground, sooner 'n starve.Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
There was a fierce fight in which Dora came off victorious, with a scratch or two on her face and a torn dress.The Cromptons|Mary J. Holmes
She received the infection on a part of the hand which had been previously in a slight degree injured by a scratch from a thorn.
He must have had a pin stuck in his glove, for I felt a slight scratch across the palm.The Doctor of Pimlico|William Le Queux