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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCORCH

My stars alive, I do b'lieve my bread's beginnin' t' scorch!

After a moment he removed it, and gasped with the scorch of the powerful liquor.

May the Devil scorch that vagabond, if he doesn't do better than the last time!

The fiery flame of her wild life seemed to scorch and preserve her.

If I had I would use it all to scorch and wither this talking of surrender.

They must however be carefully watched, for they are soon done, and a few seconds over the proper time will scorch and spoil them.

I'll not swear that the back of my eyes did not scorch with hot tears too.

To sin in body is to scorch the soul; but to sin in spirit is to consume the soul.

It would get hot enough, in fact, to scorch cloth in contact with it.

At any rate you ought to have remembered it when Scorch was talking that day.

WORD ORIGIN

"to burn superficially or slightly, but so as to change the color or injure the texture," early 14c., perhaps an alteration of scorrcnenn "make dry, parch" (c.1200), of obscure origin, perhaps from Old Norse skorpna "to be shriveled," cognate with Old English scrimman "to shrink, dry up." Or perhaps from Old French escorchier "to strip off the skin," from Vulgar Latin excorticare "to flay," from ex- (see ex-) + Latin cortex (genitive corticis) "cork;" but OED finds this not likely. Scorched earth military strategy is 1937, translation of Chinese jiaotu, used against the Japanese in a bid to stem their advance into China.

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