scratch

Part of speech: verb

To mark or tear, as with claws or nails; scrape away; write awkwardly.

Part of speech: noun

A shallow mark, groove, etc.

Part of speech: noun

A slight flesh- wound.

Part of speech: noun

Athletics. The line from which contestants start.

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Usage examples "scratch":

  1. Why, you are none the worse for, by a scratch or two, and dear heart, I've seen a young chap bring as bad home, from courting, in these parts; and wed the lass as marked him- within the year." - "Put Yourself in His Place", Charles Reade.
  2. And then, I suppose, you scratch him heartily Poor young man! - "The Keeper of the Door", Ethel M. Dell.
  3. He will come to the scratch himself, and make everybody else do so. - "Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia", William Gilmore Simms.