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

  Scratch \Scratch\, v. i.
     1. To use the claws or nails in tearing or in digging; to
        make scratches.
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              Dull, tame things, . . . that will neither bite nor
              scratch.                              --Dr. H. More.
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     2. (Billiards) To score, not by skillful play but by some
        fortunate chance of the game. [Cant, U. S.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scratch \Scratch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scratched; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Scratching.] [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE.
     scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazz[=o]n, G. kratzen, OD.
     kratsen, kretsen, D. krassen, Sw. kratsa to scrape, kratta to
     rake, to scratch, Dan. kradse to scratch, to scrape, Icel.
     krota to engrave. Cf. Grate to rub.]
     1. To rub and tear or mark the surface of with something
        sharp or ragged; to scrape, roughen, or wound slightly by
        drawing something pointed or rough across, as the claws,
        the nails, a pin, or the like.
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              Small sand-colored stones, so hard as to scratch
              glass.                                --Grew.
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              Be mindful, when invention fails,
              To scratch your head, and bite your nails. --Swift.
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     2. To write or draw hastily or awkwardly. "Scratch out a
        pamphlet." --Swift.
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     3. To cancel by drawing one or more lines through, as the
        name of a candidate upon a ballot, or of a horse in a
        list; hence, to erase; to efface; -- often with out.
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     4. To dig or excavate with the claws; as, some animals
        scratch holes, in which they burrow.
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     To scratch a ticket, to cancel one or more names of
        candidates on a party ballot; to refuse to vote the party
        ticket in its entirety. [U. S.]
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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
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     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 :

  Scratch \Scratch\, a.
     Made, done, or happening by chance; arranged with little or
     no preparation; determined by circumstances; haphazard; as, a
     scratch team; a scratch crew for a boat race; a scratch shot
     in billiards. [Slang]
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     Scratch race, one without restrictions regarding the
        entrance of competitors; also, one for which the
        competitors are chosen by lot.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off [syn:
           abrasion, scratch, scrape, excoriation]
      2: a depression scratched or carved into a surface [syn:
         incision, scratch, prick, slit, dent]
      3: informal terms for money [syn: boodle, bread, cabbage,
         clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce,
         lolly, lucre, loot, moolah, pelf, scratch,
         shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum]
      4: a competitor who has withdrawn from competition
      5: a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a
         game [syn: start, starting line, scratch, scratch
      6: dry mash for poultry [syn: chicken feed, scratch]
      7: a harsh noise made by scraping; "the scrape of violin bows
         distracted her" [syn: scrape, scraping, scratch,
      8: poor handwriting [syn: scribble, scratch, scrawl,
      9: (golf) a handicap of zero strokes; "a golfer who plays at
         scratch should be able to achieve par on a course"
      10: an indication of damage [syn: scratch, scrape, scar,
      v 1: cause friction; "my sweater scratches" [syn: rub, fray,
           fret, chafe, scratch]
      2: cut the surface of; wear away the surface of [syn: scratch,
         scrape, scratch up]
      3: scrape or rub as if to relieve itching; "Don't scratch your
         insect bites!" [syn: rub, scratch, itch]
      4: postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled;
         "Call off the engagement"; "cancel the dinner party"; "we had
         to scrub our vacation plans"; "scratch that meeting--the
         chair is ill" [syn: cancel, call off, scratch, scrub]
      5: remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line;
         "Please strike this remark from the record"; "scratch that
         remark" [syn: strike, scratch, expunge, excise]
      6: gather (money or other resources) together over time; "She
         had scraped together enough money for college"; "they
         scratched a meager living" [syn: scrape, scrape up,
         scratch, come up]
      7: carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface; "engrave a
         pen"; "engraved the trophy cupt with the winner's"; "the
         lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree" [syn:
         scratch, engrave, grave, inscribe]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  524 Moby Thesaurus words for "scratch":
     ablation, abort, abrade, abrasion, abrasive, adequate,
     anamorphosis, attrition, autolithograph, bad likeness,
     barbouillage, bark, barley, be a printmaker, belch, bezel,
     bird seed, birthmark, blackhead, blare, blat, blaze, blaze a trail,
     bleb, blemish, blister, bloody, blot, blot out, blotch, bore,
     botch, bran, brand, bray, bread, break, bruise, buffing, bulla,
     burlesque, burn, burnishing, burr, burrow, buzz, cackle, canal,
     canalize, cancel, caricature, cartoon, carve, cash, caste mark,
     casual, cat food, caw, cease, chafe, chafing, chalk, chalk up,
     chamfer, channel, character, charcoal, chase, check, check off,
     checkmark, chicken feed, chink, chip, chips, chirr, chisel,
     chiseling, chop, cicatrix, cicatrize, clang, clangor, clank, clash,
     claw, close, coin, color, comedo, competent, competitive, conclude,
     concussion, copy, corn, corrugate, corrugation, crack, crackle,
     cranny, crater, craunch, crayon, craze, crease, cribble, croak,
     cross out, cross-hatching, crosshatch, crump, crunch, cursoriness,
     cut, dado, damage, dapple, dash, dash off, daub, defacement,
     defect, define, deformation, deformity, dele, delete, delimit,
     delineate, delve, demarcate, demitint, depict, design, determine,
     detrition, diagram, dig, dig out, dike, discolor, discoloration,
     disfiguration, disfigurement, distortion, ditch, do double duty,
     dog food, doodle, dot, dough, draft, draw, dredge, dressing, drill,
     drive, earmark, eatage, efface, eliminate, elucubrate, enchase,
     end, engrave, engravement, engraving, ensilage, epidermis, erase,
     erasure, erosion, etch, etching, excavate, exclude, expunge,
     extempore, exteriority, fault, feed, filing, finish, finish up,
     flash burn, flaw, fleck, flick, flute, fluting, fodder, forage,
     fracture, fray, frazzle, freckle, fret, fretting, furrow, gall,
     galling, gash, gem-engraving, glass-cutting, gloss, glyptic,
     goffer, good enough, gouge, gouge out, grain, grate, grave,
     graving, graze, grazing, greenbacks, grind, grinding, groan,
     groove, growl, grub, grumble, gully, hack, half tint, haphazard,
     hasty, hatch, hatching, hay, hemangioma, hen scratches, hen tracks,
     hickey, hit the ball, hurried, hurt, hustle, impress, imprint,
     impromptu, incise, incision, informal, injure, injury, inscribe,
     inscript, inscription, itch, jack, jangle, jar, jot, keloid, kink,
     lacerate, laceration, lentigo, lesion, limation, limn, line,
     lining, lithograph, lower, lucubrate, macula, maim, make a mark,
     make mincemeat of, make prints, makeshift, mar, mark, mark off,
     mark out, marking, mash, maul, mazuma, meal, mere scratch,
     microgroove, milium, mine, misdraw, mispaint, mole, mortal wound,
     mottle, mutilate, mutilation, needle scar, nevus, nick, no depth,
     no water, notch, oats, obliterate, off the cuff, overwork, paint,
     paint a picture, parody, pasturage, pasture, patch,
     pattes de mouche, pencil, pepper, perorate, pet food, picture,
     picturize, pierce, pimple, pinprick, pit, pleat, plow, pock,
     pockmark, point, polishing, polka dot, port-wine mark,
     port-wine stain, portray, pothookery, pothooks,
     pothooks and hangers, pour it on, prick, prickle, print, provender,
     punch, punctuate, puncture, pustule, quarry, rabbet, rasp, rasping,
     raze, rend, rent, resolve, riddle, rifle, rifling, rift, rind, rip,
     rough, rub, rub off, rub out, rubbing away, ruck, rule out, run,
     rupture, rut, sandblasting, sanding, sap, satisfactory, savage,
     scab, scald, scar, scarification, scarify, scoop, scoop out,
     scorch, score, scoring, scotch, scouring, scrabble, scranch, scrap,
     scrape, scraping, scratch feed, scratch out, scratching, scrawl,
     scribble, scribbling, scrub, scrubbing, scrunch, scuff, sculpture,
     scumble, seal, seam, sebaceous cyst, second-degree burn, shade,
     shallowness, shining, shoaliness, shovel, silage, sink, sketch,
     skin, slash, slashing, slave, slightness, slit, slops, smoothing,
     snarl, snore, sore, spade, speck, speckle, splash, split, splotch,
     sponge, sponge out, spot, sprain, stab, stab wound, stain, stamp,
     stencil, stick, stigma, stigmatize, sting, stipple, stippling,
     stop, strain, straw, strawberry mark, streak, stria, striate,
     striation, strike off, strike out, stripe, sty, sufficient,
     sulcation, sulcus, superficiality, superficies, surface, sweat,
     swill, tattoo, tattoo mark, tear, terminate, third-degree burn,
     thrill, tick, tick off, tingle, tint, tittle, tool, tooling, trace,
     track, trauma, traumatize, travesty, trench, triviality, trough,
     tunnel, twang, twist, type-cutting, underline, underscore,
     unplanned, unpremeditated, unprepared, up to scratch, up to snuff,
     veneer, verruca, vesicle, wale, wampum, warp, wart, watermark,
     weal, wear, wearing away, well-worn groove, welt, wen, wheat,
     whitehead, wind up, wipe out, work hard, work late, work overtime,
     wound, wounds immedicable, wrench, wrinkle

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      1. [from scratchpad] adj. Describes a data structure or recording medium
      attached to a machine for testing or temporary-use purposes; one that can
      be scribbled on without loss. Usually in the combining forms scratch
      memory, scratch register, scratch disk, scratch tape, scratch volume. See
      also scratch monkey.
      2. [primarily IBM, also Commodore] vt. To delete (as in a file).

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     1. (From "scratchpad") Describes a data structure or recording
     medium attached to a machine for testing or temporary-use
     purposes; one that can be scribbled on without loss.
     Usually in the combining forms "scratch memory", "scratch
     register", "scratch disk", "scratch tape", "scratch volume".
     See also scratch monkey.
     2. (primarily IBM) To delete (as in a file).
     [{Jargon File]

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