scratch out

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scratch out strike or cancel by or as if by rubbing or crossing out "scratch out my name on that list"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pac-Man, Namco's 1979 arcade game, was originally called "Puck Man". The name was changed when they realized that vandals could easily scratch out part of the letter "P".
    • Scratch out to erase
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Explained by Skeat as due to the confusion of M. E. skratten, to scratch, with M. E. cracchen, to scratch: skratten standing for skarten, an extended form from Ice. sker-a, to shear; cracchen, again, stands for kratsen—Sw. kratsa, to scrape.

Usage

In literature:

Edith surrendered the search in a violent temper, and all but scratched out the eyes of her devoted slave.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Scratching of the skin often brings out the lumps in a few minutes.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
Why did you not scratch their eyes out?
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
I wanted to scratch the eyes out, for they are said to be made of solid gold.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
After the splinter is out, the wound is treated like a cut or scratch.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
He had at first run in eagerly enough but had sneaked back to the door, and was scratching and whining to get out.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
I'd have scratched his eyes out!
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
He had better look over the scratches and get out.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
Redbird scratched out the picture.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
And as by a miracle, he came out of that chaos of contending spirits without a scratch.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
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In poetry:

But when he found his eyes were out,
Unlike him, he could find
No bush to scratch them in again...
So he was always blind
"Bramble Bush" by Edith Mirick
"They’re singin’ out for rain," he said,
"And all the tanks are dry."
The congregation scratched its head,
And gazed around the sky.
"Said Hanrahan" by John O Brien
“He stooped to tear a lump of schist
Out of the clinging soil,
By thunder, you should hear him jist,
And see the way he’d coil
Upon the ground, and hug his fist,
And scratch and dig and toil!
"The Sleeping Beauty" by Henry Lawson
There's plenty and plenty of farmers
That leave the ground by the fence,
Thinking it's nice if a patch of roses
Should scratch out the hay and tickle their noses
With nice little wild-rose scents.
"One Who Rejects Christ" by John Crowe Ransom
When in the mask of night there shone that cut,
we were riddled. A probe reached down
and stroked some nerve in us,
as if the glint from a wizard's eye, of silver,
slanted out of the mask of the unknown-
pit of riddles, the scratch-marked sky.
"Landing on the Moon" by May Swenson
Curse her! curse her! I say, and give my curses wings!
May the words of love I've spoke be changed to scorpion stings!
Oh, she filled my heart with joy, she emptied my heart of doubt,
And now, with a scratch of a pen, she lets my heart's blood out!
"Gone With A Handsomer Man" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

Rep.-elect Joe Heck scratched out a victory in a brutal campaign against incumbent Dina Titus.
After some head scratching I designed this swing-out storage unit.
'Behind the Beautiful Forevers' review: Amid corruption (and tenderness ), attempts to scratch out a life in a Mumbai slum.
Canucks defenseman Shane O'Brien, apparently angry that he was made a healthy scratch this past weekend, came out Monday and told the local media he was told by the team to fight more.
Because their tyres aren't up to scratch, either worn out or having been sourced from spurious suppliers.
King Congie Scratched Out of Vinery Spiral.
After scratching out a victory in North Dakota's hotly contested US Senate race, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp has gone into hiding.
Lanier leads out of Ophir and Furtwängler scratched in Nikolai.
These two were scratch built out of yard sale signs.
But TVNewser reports that it's probably premature to scratch him out of the lineup.
On tonight's WGN News at Five, I'm heading to LaGrange to check out From Scratch Marketplace.
From the start, Charles drove a smart race, letting his four opponents in the scratch-reduced five-horse field battle it out for the top while he took back.
Seems GOP candidate Van Tran sent out a scratch-n-sniff mailer in his drive to unseat US Rep Loretta Sanchez in Orange County.
Some people want to scratch out other people's eyes (e.g.
In the New York Times, we have David Brooks suggesting that Obama throw out all the work of the past six months and start completely from scratch on a wonky curve-bending plan that would have approximately zero support in any known galaxy.
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In science:

Appendix A provides a complete worked out (level 2) Python example that shows how to use Nsim to set up a continuum physics simulation from scratch.
Continuum multi-physics modeling with scripting languages: the Nsim simulation compiler prototype for classical field theory
After a first step in which the main concern was tidying and modularizing the W EBALT prototype for simple mathematics exercises in five languages, we have extended it, in a second step, with four more languages (Finnish was considered in the first step, but it had to be worked out from scratch in the second step).
The GF Mathematics Library
The ICT-Systems Challenge Today, many large-scale computational experiments are carried out in a way that does not facilitate the reuse for other experiments (e.g., from different domains), so that a great deal of resources is wasted to rebuild them from scratch.
FuturICT
We also believe that MM programs, whether written from scratch or decompiled out of an existing spreadsheet, are a better medium for interchanging spreadsheets than are Excel XLS files.
Ensuring Spreadsheet Integrity with Model Master
In Section 3 and Section 4 we work out the cubature method from the scratch and prove the relevant convergence results in the diffusion case.
Cubature on Wiener space in infinite dimension
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