Scratch A Living Definition

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Scratch a living or US scratch out a living: to earn barely enough money to live He scratched out a living as a farmer. Scratch out a living definition is - to earn barely enough money to live. How to use scratch out a living in a sentence. Definition of scratch out in the Idioms Dictionary. Scratch out phrase. What does scratch out expression mean? To get by with some way of life, especially with very few resources: We barely scratched out a living during the war. See also: out, scratch. Want to thank TFD for its existence? Scratch out; scratch pad; scratch pad; Scratch.

Related to from scratch: start from scratch
  1. In order to get a broader history of 'from scratch', I checked the PhraseDoctor. He writes for 'start from scratch': 'Scratch' has been used since the 18th century as a sporting term for a boundary or starting point which was scratched on the ground. The first such scratch was the crease which is a boundary line for batsmen in cricket.
  2. To earn a living or to manage in any respect with great difficulty: We scratched along that year on very little money. To withdraw or be withdrawn from a contest or competition. Games (in certain card games) to make no score.
  3. From scratch Entirely without the aid of something that is already prepared or in existence. Refers to making something, usually food, from the raw or base ingredients or components, rather than those that have been preassembled or already partially completed. She doesn't have time to make cupcakes from scratch, so I'm sure they're from a box.

scratch

(skrăch)v.tr.
1. To make a thin shallow cut or mark on (a surface) with a sharp instrument.
2. To use the nails or claws to dig or scrape at.
3. To rub or scrape (the skin) to relieve itching.
5. To write or draw (something) by scraping a surface: scratched their initials on a rock.

Scratch Definition Computer

6. To write or draw hurriedly: scratched off a thank-you note.
7.
a. To strike out or cancel (a word, for example) by or as if by drawing lines through.
b. Slang To cancel (a project or program, for example).
8.
a. To withdraw (an entry) from a contest or competition: The jockey decided to scratch the horse when it sprained its ankle.
b. To withdraw an entry from (a contest or competition): Having won three races already, the swimmer scratched her final event.
v.intr.
1. To use the nails or claws to dig, scrape, or wound.
3. To make a harsh scraping sound.
4. To gather funds or produce a living with difficulty.
5.
b. Games To make a shot in billiards that results in a penalty, as when the cue ball falls into a pocket or jumps the cushion.
n.1.
a. A mark resembling a line that is produced by scratching.
2. A hasty scribble.
4.
b. A contestant who has been withdrawn from a competition.
5. Games
b. A fluke or chance shot in billiards.
7. Slang Money.
adj.
2. Assembled hastily or at random.
Idioms:
from scratch
scratch the surface
To investigate or treat something in superficial or preliminary fashion.
up to scratchInformal
2. In fit condition.
[Middle English scracchen, probably blend of scratten, to scratch, and cracchen, to scratch (possibly from Middle Dutch cratsen).]
Adv.1.from scratch - from the beginning, especially without relying on resources or other advantages; 'he baked the torte from scratch'; 'she built her business up from scratch'

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noun

  • A loud shrill cry or screech.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Hall's Vnion: Richard III. From scritch.

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Pronunciation

Main meanings of scritch in English

: scritch1

Food From Scratch Definition

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scritch2

verb

Origin

Middle English; earliest use found in The Owl and the Nightingale. Imitative.

Pronunciation

verb

US
  • 1with objectTo scratch; (now) especially to scratch (a pet) affectionately with one's fingernails.

  • 2no objectTo make a scratching sound; especially (of an animal's claws) to scratch noisily on or across a surface.

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in The Charleston Gazette. Probably a variant or alteration of scratch, probably after scritch and perhaps also partly after itch.

Pronunciation

Main meanings of scritch in English

: scritch1scritch2scritch3scritch4

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noun

Scratch Out A Living Definition

  • A scratching or scraping sound.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Harper's Young People. Probably a variant of scratch, perhaps arising from vowel alternation in a reduplicated form, or perhaps immediately after scritchy.

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