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English definition of “scratch”

scratch

verb     /skrætʃ/
RUB SKIN [I, T] B2 to rub your skin with your nails , often to stop it itching (= feeling unpleasant ): My skin was so itchy , I was scratching all night . He scratched his head .Scratching and rubbing
HURT/DAMAGE [T] B2 to make a slight cut or long , thin mark with a sharp object : The surface was all scratched. I scratched myself on the roses .Cutting and stabbingDamaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
RUB SURFACE [I, T] B2 to rub a hard surface with a sharp object , often making a noise : I could hear the cat scratching at the door .Scratching and rubbing
(Definition of scratch verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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