a disease of horses marked by dry rifts or chaps that appear on the skin near the fetlock, behind the knee, or in front of the hock.
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How to use scratches in a sentence
He says that someone cut the legs of jogger, when no one had, although her legs were covered with scratches.
For nationalists who hate gay people, perhaps the parallel should be “When Russia scratches, the world gets scabies.”
He turned the paper over to the boys, who immediately set to work making scratches in the morning line, to protect their bets.
The soldier scratches his rear, fires a gun into the air, and passes gas.
Various scratches and cuts line her arms and face; a pus-filled abscess burns on her right arm.
scratches and flaws in the glass of slide or cover are likewise a common source of confusion to beginners.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Beastly nuisance; we shall all have to clear out, for I suppose it won't be a mere matter of scratches.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
A few scratches here and there marred the polish of the frame and one cushion had sustained an ugly rent.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
Dauntlessly, in spite of thorns and the numberless scratches they inflicted, Digby led the way.Digby Heathcote | W.H.G. Kingston
He looked down at his hand, where two long red scratches oozed a trickle of blood.The Medici Boots | Pearl Norton Swet
British Dictionary definitions for scratches
(functioning as singular) a disease of horses characterized by dermatitis in the region of the fetlock: Also called: cracked heels, mud fever
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