chicken scratch

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chicken scratch

n. Informal
An instance of cramped or illegible handwriting: "his signature—an unforgeably idiosyncratic chicken scratch" (Alex Shoumatoff).
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Noun1.chicken scratch - cramped or illegible handwriting
cacography, scrawl, scribble, scratch - poor handwriting
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Griffith's contribution on waila music of the Tohono O'odham (also called Pima Indians) in the Southwest examines the roles of various cultural institutions--the family, the boarding school, the Catholic Church--in musical life.