Definition of scratch
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The phrase up to scratch has its origins in the world of sports. In the 18th century, scratch began to be used for a line or mark that served as the starting point in a contest or competition. In order to begin or continue a fight, for example, a pugilist would “come up to the scratch,” positioning himself at a line drawn across the prize ring. Up to the scratch was soon being used figuratively of anyone who was ready and able to do something. Over the years, the usage of the phrase has evolved somewhat, but something that is “up to scratch” can still be said to be ready and able in that it is capable of functioning or performing as expected.
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First Known Use of scratch
15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1
circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1
1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1
History and Etymology for scratch
Middle English scracchen, probably blend of scratten to scratch and cracchen to scratch
Scratch definition is – to scrape or dig with the claws or nails. How to use scratch in a sentence. Did You Know?
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