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scratch line

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noun

a line that marks the start of a race.
Track and Field. a line that a competitor is not allowed to step over while performing in certain events, as the triple jump or javelin throw.

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scratch card, scratch coat, scratch file, scratch hardness, scratch hit, scratch line, scratch one's head, scratch pad, scratch sheet, scratch someone's back, scratch test

Origin of scratch line

First recorded in 1895–1900
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scratch line

  • To facilitate the measurement, a line shall be drawn parallel to and 300 ft. in front of the scratch-line.

    Handbook of Summer Athletic Sports|Various