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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCRATCHER

It was all the same to Adam whether "Buck" was yoked to the beam or the scratcher.

In Scratcher's voice was the contempt of superior knowledge.

With the aid of three other waiters, Scratcher succeeded in restoring peace.

The cutting end of the picker is frequently replaced by a scratcher, Figs. 44, 45.

And he took up his cage and went towards the scratcher of dust-heaps, and the men went with him.

Scratcher looked moodily at the barman, ordered a glass of beer and turned to Bindle.

Scratcher's tone implied that Napolini's was literally running with soup and potatoes.

"You come down to-morrow mornin' about eleven," said Scratcher with the air of one conferring a great favour.

Scratcher worked hard to reduce the contents of his mouth to conversational proportions.

Turning to Scratcher, who was passing at the moment, he enquired, "Wot the 'ell am I a-goin' to call 'im?"

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, probably a fusion of Middle English scratten and crachen, both meaning "to scratch," both of uncertain origin. Related: Scratched; scratching.

Billiards sense of "to hit the cue ball into a pocket" is first recorded 1909 (also, originally, itch), though earlier it meant "a lucky shot" (1850). Meaning "to withdraw (a horse) from a race" is 1865, from notion of scratching name off list of competitors; used in a non-sporting sense of "cancel a plan, etc." from 1680s. To scratch the surface "make only slight progress in penetrating or understanding" is from 1882. To scratch (one's) head as a gesture of perplexity is recorded from 1712.

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