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English definition of “scratch”


verb [I/T] (REMOVE)   /skrætʃ/
to remove yourself or another person or an animal from a competition before the start : [I] Mary Slaney scratched from the 1500-meter run because of an Achilles tendon problem . To scratch is also to decide not to do something that you had planned to do; to cancel : [T] We were going to remodel our kitchen , but we had to scratch that when I lost my job .
(Definition of scratch verb (REMOVE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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