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  • noun
    A mark or wound made by scratching. (the scratches on her arm were throbbing)
    A technique, used especially in rap music, of stopping a record by hand and moving it back and forwards to give a rhythmic scratching effect. (a scratch mix)
    (in sport) the starting point in a race for a competitor that is not given a handicap or advantage. (a 631-metres handicap, when the excellent stayer, Too Fast, will be off scratch)
    Money. (he was working to get some scratch together)
    Score or mark the surface of (something) with a sharp or pointed object. (the car's paintwork was battered and scratched)
    Cancel or strike out (writing) with a pen or pencil. (the name of Dr McNab was scratched out and that of Dr Dunstaple substituted)
    Play a record using the scratch technique. (he raps and scratches simultaneously to dazzling effect)
    Assembled or made from whatever is available, and so unlikely to be of the highest quality. (City were fielding a scratch squad)
    (of a sports competitor or event) with no handicap given. (he was a scratch player at many courses)


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