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scratch pad

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noun
  1. a pad of paper used for jotting down ideas, informal notes, preliminary writing, etc.
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Origin of scratch pad

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for scratch pad

Historical Examples

  • Reporters for Northern papers were present with their Southern brethren of scratch-pad and pencil.

    Dixie After the War

    Myrta Lockett Avary

  • Her picture was done while Jimaboy was still nibbling his pen and scowling over the scratch-pad.

  • He stuck out one muddy hand wherein was clutched a wad of scratch-pad paper.


British Dictionary definitions for scratch pad

scratch pad

noun
  1. mainly US and Canadian a notebook, esp one with detachable leaves
  2. computing a small semiconductor memory for temporary storage
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