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    scratch - Dictionary definition and meaning for word scratch

    Definition
    (noun) an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
    Synonyms : abrasion , excoriation , scrape
    Definition
    (noun) a depression scratched or carved into a surface
    Synonyms : dent , incision , prick , slit
    Definition
    (noun) informal terms for money Definition
    (noun) a competitor who has withdrawn from competition Definition
    (noun) a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game Definition
    (noun) dry mash for poultry
    Synonyms : chicken feed
    Definition
    (noun) a harsh noise made by scraping
    Synonyms : scrape , scraping , scratching
    Example Sentence
    • the scrape of violin bows distracted her
    Definition
    (noun) poor handwriting
    Synonyms : cacography , scrawl , scribble
    Definition
    (noun) (golf) a handicap of zero strokes
    Example Sentence
    • a golfer who plays at scratch should be able to achieve par on a course
    Definition
    (noun) an indication of damage
    Synonyms : mark , scar , scrape
    Definition
    (verb) cause friction
    Synonyms : chafe , fray , fret , rub
    Example Sentence
    • my sweater scratches
    Definition
    (verb) cut the surface of; wear away the surface of
    Synonyms : scrape , scratch up
    Definition
    (verb) scrape or rub as if to relieve itching
    Synonyms : itch , rub
    Example Sentence
    • Don't scratch your insect bites!
    Definition
    (verb) postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled
    Synonyms : call off , cancel , scrub
    Example Sentence
    • Call off the engagement
    • cancel the dinner party
    • we had to scrub our vacation plans
    • scratch that meeting--the chair is ill
    Definition
    (verb) remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
    Synonyms : excise , expunge , strike
    Example Sentence
    • Please strike this remark from the record
    • scratch that remark
    Definition
    (verb) gather (money or other resources) together over time
    Synonyms : come up , scrape , scrape up
    Example Sentence
    • She had scraped together enough money for college
    • they scratched a meager living
    Definition
    (verb) carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
    Synonyms : engrave , grave , inscribe
    Example Sentence
    • engrave a pen
    • engraved the trophy cupt with the winner's
    • the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree
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