- to divide (one's vote) though predominantly supporting one political party or faction.
- to strike out or reject a particular name or names on (a party ticket) in voting.
- a shot resulting in a penalty, especially a pocketing of the cue ball without hitting the object ball.
- a fluke or lucky shot.
Idioms about scratch
- from the very beginning or starting point.
- from nothing; without resources: After the depression he started another business from scratch.
Origin of scratch
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SCRATCH VS. ITCH
What’s the difference between scratch and itch?
To scratch something is to scrape it or rub it. An itch is a feeling of irritation on the skin, often one that makes you want to scratch it. The word itch can also be used as a verb meaning to have this sensation (as in My leg itches) or to cause to itch (as in The tag on my shirt keeps itching me).
Itch also has some more figurative meanings as both a noun and a verb.
The reason you looked this up, though, is because itch is sometimes informally used to mean the same thing as scratch, as in Try not to itch your mosquito bites—it will only make them itchier! Language purists are often itching to clarify that you scratch an itch, but this verb use of itch is quite common.
As a noun, the word scratch means something different—a cut or scrape, typically a minor one caused by something having scratched the skin, as in I got a few scratches from the thornbush.
Here’s an example of scratch and itch used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: I know your rash itches, but don’t scratch your itch so hard—you’ll leave a scratch on your arm!
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between scratch and itch.
Quiz yourself on scratch vs. itch!
Should scratch or itch be used in the following sentence?
This new lotion makes me _____—I hope I’m not allergic to it.
How to use scratch in a sentence
In other industries, however, there may be an opportunity to update existing content instead of creating something from scratch that heavily overlaps with what you’ve already published.How content consolidation can help boost your rankings|George Nguyen|September 10, 2020|Search Engine Land
By helping us get smarter together, community intelligence holds untapped potential of which we are just starting to scratch the surface.The race for a COVID-19 vaccine shows the power of ‘community intelligence’|matthewheimer|September 9, 2020|Fortune
This is certainly a good time-saver, but if you want to start again from scratch, that’s fine too.
Neural networks can learn these rules from scratch, by trial and error, but that takes lots of time, computing power, and data—all of which can be expensive.Disco, bell bottoms, big hair…and cutting-edge A.I.?|Jeremy Kahn|September 8, 2020|Fortune
What Dom and I have hit upon is a way to do everything from scratch that lets you start off working model-independently.Conducting the Mathematical Orchestra From the Middle|Rachel Crowell|September 2, 2020|Quanta Magazine
“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
British Dictionary definitions for scratch
- to make a shot resulting in a penalty
- to make a lucky shot
- a competitor or the status of a competitor who has no allowance or receives a penalty
- (as modifier)a scratch player
- the line from which competitors start in a race
- (formerly) a line drawn on the floor of a prize ring at which the contestants stood to begin or continue fighting
- a shot that results in a penalty, as when the cue ball enters the pocket
- a lucky shot
Derived forms of scratchscratchy, adjectivescratchily, adverbscratchiness, noun
Word Origin for scratch
Other Idioms and Phrases with scratch
In addition to the idioms beginning with scratch
- scratch one's head
- scratch someone's back
- scratch the surface
- from scratch
- up to par (scratch)