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 for scratch cradle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scratch \Scratch\, n.
     1. A break in the surface of a thing made by scratching, or
        by rubbing with anything pointed or rough; a slight wound,
        mark, furrow, or incision.
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              The coarse file . . . makes deep scratches in the
              work.                                 --Moxon.
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              These nails with scratches deform my breast.
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              God forbid a shallow scratch should drive
              The prince of Wales from such a field as this.
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     2. (Pugilistic Matches) A line across the prize ring; up to
        which boxers are brought when they join fight; hence,
        test, trial, or proof of courage; as, to bring to the
        scratch; to come up to the scratch. [Cant] --Grose.
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     3. pl. (Far.) Minute, but tender and troublesome,
        excoriations, covered with scabs, upon the heels of horses
        which have been used where it is very wet or muddy. --Law
        (Farmer's Veter. Adviser).
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     4. A kind of wig covering only a portion of the head.
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     5. (Billiards)
        (a) A shot which scores by chance and not as intended by
            the player; a fluke. [Cant, U. S.]
        (b) a shot which results in a penalty, such as dropping
            the cue ball in a pocket without hitting another ball.
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     6. In various sports, the line from which the start is made,
        except in the case of contestants receiving a distance
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     Scratch cradle. See Cratch cradle, under Cratch.
     Scratch grass (Bot.), a climbing knotweed ({Polygonum
        sagittatum) with a square stem beset with fine recurved
        prickles along the angles.
     Scratch wig. Same as Scratch, 4, above. --Thackeray.
     start from scratch to start (again) from the very
        beginning; also, to start without resources.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cratch \Cratch\ (kr?ch; 224), n. [OE. cracche, crecche, F.
     cr[`e]che crib, manger, fr. OHG. krippa, krippea, G. krippe
     crib. See Crib.]
     A manger or open frame for hay; a crib; a rack. [Obs.]
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           Begin from first where He encradled was,
           In simple cratch, wrapt in a wad of hay. --Spenser.
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     Cratch cradle, a representation of the figure of the
        cratch, made upon the fingers with a string; cat's cradle;
        -- called also scratch cradle.
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