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scratch

noun

1 scratch

An abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off.

synonyms: abrasion, excoriation, scrape.

Roget 619: evil, ill, harm, hurt.   , mischief, nuisance; machinations of the devil, Pandora's box, ills that flesh is heir to.    blow, buffet, stroke, scratch, bruise, ... show more

Roget 555: misrepresentation, distortion, caricatura, exaggeration; daubing etc. v.; bad likeness, daub, sign painting; scratch, caricature; anamorphosis; burlesque, ... show more

Dutch: abrasie, afschurving, geseling, klauw, krab, krauw, schaafwond
Polish: draśnięcie, zadraśnięcie



2 scratch

A depression scratched or carved into a surface.

synonyms: dent, incision, prick, slit.

Roget 259: furrow, groove, rut, sulcus [Anat.], scratch, streak, striae, crack, score, incision, slit; chamfer, fluting; ... show more

3 scratch

Informal terms for money.

synonyms: boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly ... show more.

Dutch: gewin, poen
Polish: kieszeń

4 scratch

A competitor who has withdrawn from competition.

5 scratch

A line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game.

synonyms: scratch line, start, starting line.

Polish: start

6 scratch

Dry mash for poultry.

synonym: chicken feed.

7 scratch

A harsh noise made by scraping.

synonyms: scrape, scraping, scratching.

Dutch: gekras, kattegejank, kattengejank
Polish: zgrzyt, zgrzytanie

8 scratch

Poor handwriting.

synonyms: cacography, scrawl, scribble.

Dutch: gekriebel, hanenpoot, hanenpoten, hanepoot, hanepoten, kladschrift, krabbelpootje, krabbelschrift, kriebelpootje

9 scratch

golf A handicap of zero strokes.

10 scratch

An indication of damage.

synonyms: mark, scar, scrape.

Roget 550: indication; symbolism, symbolization; semiology, semiotics, semeiology, semeiotics; Zeitgeist.    [means of recognition: property] characteristic, diagnostic; lineament, feature, ... show more

verb

1 scratch

Cause friction:
— My sweater scratches.

synonyms: chafe, fray, fret, rub.

Roget 649: be hurtful etc. adj.; cause evil, produce evil, inflict evil, work evil, do evil etc. 619; damnify, endamage, hurt, ... show more

Roget 556: paint, design, limn draw, sketch, pencil, scratch, shade, stipple, hatch, dash off, chalk out, square up; color, dead color, ... show more

Roget 331: rub, scratch, scrape, scrub, slide, fray, rasp, graze, curry, scour, polish, rub out, wear down, gnaw; ... show more

Dutch: aanlopen, oplopen

2 scratch

Cut the surface of; wear away the surface of.

synonyms: scrape, scratch up.

Dutch: schrabben, schrapen, schrappen

3 scratch

Scrape or rub as if to relieve itching:
— Don't scratch your insect bites!.

synonyms: itch, rub.

Dutch: krauwen, krabbelen, klauwen, krabben, schuren

4 scratch

Postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled:
— Scratch that meeting--the chair is ill.

synonyms: call off, cancel, scrub.

Dutch: afketsen, afspringen, afstuiten, annuleren, doorhalen, schrappen

5 scratch

Remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line:
— Scratch that remark.

synonyms: excise, expunge, strike.

Dutch: uitwissen, verwijderen

6 scratch

Gather (money or other resources) together over time:
— They scratched a meager living.

synonyms: come up, scrape, scrape up.

7 scratch

Carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface:
— The lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree.

synonyms: engrave, grave, inscribe.

Roget 590: write, pen; copy, engross; write out, write out fair; transcribe; scribble, scrawl, scrabble, scratch; interline; stain paper; write down ... show more

Dutch: krabben


Moby thesaurus: ablation, abort, abrade, abrasion, abrasive, adequate, anamorphosis, attrition, autolithograph, bad likeness, barbouillage, bark, barley, be a printmaker, belch, bezel, bird seed, birthmark, blackhead, blare ... show more.

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