verb (used with object)
- 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.
verb (used without object)
- a shot resulting in a penalty, especially a pocketing of the cue ball without hitting the object ball.
- a fluke or lucky shot.
- from the very beginning or starting point.
- from nothing; without resources: After the depression he started another business from scratch.
Origin of scratch
Definition for scratch (2 of 2)
Origin of Scratch
Examples from the Web for scratch
“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
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.
“They are basically telling the FSA that they are not part of their plans and they are going to start from scratch,” he said.
Andre Torres, the former editor of Scratch Magazine, which began as an imprint of XXL, remembers similar hostile situations.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine|Alex Suskind|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Several officers got very sore eyes, and the only thing to do with a scratch was to dab it with iodine at once.A Prisoner in Turkey|John Still
There was a large sand pit in which we could walk about and scratch as we liked.Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales|Hans Christian Andersen
Again the dog barked and put his nose to the ground, while, with his feet, he began to scratch among the leaves.The Broncho Rider Boys with the Texas Rangers|Frank Fowler
Malicorne began to scratch his ear, as he asked, "What time did the king fix for the rendezvous in your apartments?"Louise de la Valliere|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
The judge passed nimbly around the desk and shook the Scratch Hiller warmly by the hand.The Prodigal Judge|Vaughan Kester
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 Formsscratchy, adjectivescratchily, adverbscratchiness, noun
Word Origin for scratch
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)