Old Scratch


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Old Scratch

n. Chiefly Southern US
The Devil; Satan.

[Probably alteration of scrat, from Middle English, hermaphrodite goblin, from Old Norse skratte, wizard, goblin.]
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Because he could not spend it," said Tabitha; "for as often as he went to unlock the chest, the Old Scratch came behind and caught his arm.
Well, it may not be just the truth," said Tabitha; "for some folks say that Peter did make over the house to the Old Scratch, and that's the reason it has always been so unlucky to them that lived in it.
principle of evil,' or the Old Scratch, or any name you like.
An old scratch would be the same colour as the surface.
Senior keeper Lesley Lewis had asked the two handymen to replace the old scratch post in the enclosure Charles shares with female camel Jimandi after it became too worn.
Over the centuries the Devil has had many names, including the Deuce, the Great Deceiver, Mephistopheles, the Father of Lies, the Prince of Darkness, Old Mr Grim, Old Scratch, Old Splitfoot, the Black Spy, the Gentleman in Black, El Diablo and Bogey.
Over the centuries the devil has had many names, including Beelzebub (Lord of the Flies), the Deuce, the Great Deceiver, Mephistopheles, the Father of Lies, the Prince of Darkness, Old Nick, Old Mr Grim, Old Scratch, Old Splitfoot, the Black Spy, the Gentleman in Black, El Diablo and Bogey.
Since completing its Series A round of financing and launching its Scratch Weddings division in 2010, the ten year old Scratch Music Group has cemented its position as the definitive brand and service provider in the DJ space.
The horrid old bump is not going to stay, The ugly old scratch will soon go away, Then you will be glad that you didn't cry, But said to yourself, 'What a brave boy am I.
You are struck by how approachable she now seems and thinks nothing of resting her head on your shoulder for a good old scratch.
But Stone comes to regret his decision and ultimately takes old Scratch to court with the help of the passionate advocate Webster.