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
Examples from the Web for scratcher
Bartiromo will grab a Slim Jim and a Red Bull, and maybe a scratcher lottery ticket from the machine.
Turning to Scratcher, who was passing at the moment, he enquired, "Wot the 'ell am I a-goin' to call 'im?"
It was Scratcher, however, who told the puzzled Bindle that the customer had been ordering lunch and not divulging his identity.
And he took up his cage and went towards the scratcher of dust-heaps, and the men went with him.The Violet Fairy Book|Various
I'm in the furniture-movin' line myself; but Scratcher told me this 'ere was a soft job, an' so I took it on. '
Thanks to judicious hints from Scratcher, at the same time he found means of ministering to his own requirements.
British Dictionary definitions for scratcher (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for scratcher (2 of 2)
- 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 scratcher
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)