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English definition of “scratch”

scratch

verb [I or T] (REMOVE)    /skrætʃ/
to remove yourself or another person or an animal from a competition before the start: The world champion scratched from the 800 metres after falling ill three hours earlier. They scratched the horse from the race because she had become lame.Removing and extractingScoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeated
(Definition of scratch verb (REMOVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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