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.
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Idioms for scratch
- from the very beginning or starting point.
- from nothing; without resources: After the depression he started another business from scratch.
Origin of scratch
OTHER WORDS FROM scratch
Words nearby scratch
Example sentences from the Web for scratching
Over 2,000 years ago, Aristotle was scratching his head about them.The Science of Weepies: Why We Love Crying at the Movies|Elizabeth Picciuto|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are many cultural phenomena that leave me scratching my head.
The sheer scale of what they are examining is daunting—and they are only scratching the surface.Ukraine Revolutionaries Bitter about Crimea Loss and Kiev Incompetence|Jamie Dettmer|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It all boils down to scratching your name in the bark of a tree.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview|Alex Belth|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The scenery is beautiful, including green rolling hills and massive waterfalls and the ending will leave you scratching your head.Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)|Victoria Kezra|August 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Vesicles may be produced on other parts of the body as a result of scratching.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)|W. Grant Hague
He rubbed his mitten over his woollen cap as if scratching his head.Beasley's Christmas Party|Booth Tarkington
At about noon we found some water in a gully by scratching a hole, but it was quite salt.Explorations in Australia|John Forrest
The sound of his own voice was like the scratching of a pin after the enormous rhythm that now ceased.The Bright Messenger|Algernon Blackwood
The little lobby milled and buzzed, drowning the scratching of the pen as a trembling man signed the confession, page by page.The White Desert|Courtney Ryley Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for scratching (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for scratching (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 forms of scratchscratchy, adjectivescratchily, adverbscratchiness, noun
Word Origin for scratch
Idioms and Phrases with scratching
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)