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English definition of “scotch”

scotch

verb [T] uk   /skɒtʃ/ us    /skɑːtʃ/ formal
to prevent something from being believed or being done: Her remarks were intended to scotch rumours of an imminent election date.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
(Definition of scotch verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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