Meaning of “from scratch” in the English Dictionary

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"from scratch" in British English

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from scratch

C1 from the beginning, without using anything that already exists:

Ben built the shed from scratch.

(Definition of “from scratch” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"from scratch" in American English

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from scratch

completely from the beginning:

Can we fix the current computer system, or would it be better to start from scratch with a new system?

(Definition of “from scratch” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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