An example of to scratch is someone relieving an itch with their nails.
An example of to scratch is a cat attacking someone with its claws.
An example of to scratch is someone carving their name in a tree trunk.
Scratched their initials on a rock.
Scratched off a thank-you note.
To scratch a match on a wall.
A scratch golfer.
A scratch team.
A real diamond can easily scratch a pane of glass.
Embarrassingly, he scratched on the break, popping the cue completely off the table.
Some animals scratch holes, in which they burrow.
The dog sat up and had a good scratch.
- From the very beginning.
- To investigate or treat something in superficial or preliminary fashion.
- Meeting the requirements.
- In fit condition.
- From the start; from the very beginning.
- From nothing; without resources, advantage, etc.
- Without the use of components or ingredients commercially prepared, assembled, or mixed beforehand.A pie baked from scratch, a shed built from scratch.
- To puzzle over a question or problem.
- To do, consider, or affect something superficially.
- Toeing the mark; ready to start a race, contest, etc.
- Ready to meet difficulties, start on an enterprise, etc.
- Up to standard; acceptable; good.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of scratch
- Middle English scracchen probably blend of scratten to scratch and cracchen to scratch (possibly from Middle Dutch cratsen)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Probably from a blend of the Middle English words scratten (“to scratch") and crachen (“to scratch").