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.
Peter, are you quarrelling with the Old Scratch?" said Tabitha, who was seeking some fuel to put under the pot.
`principle of evil,' or the Old Scratch, or any name you like.
Nelson, "Young Scratch" they called him, to distinguish him from "Old Scratch," his father, sailed in the sloop Reindeer, partners with one "Clam." Clam was a dare-devil, but Nelson was a reckless maniac.
An old scratch would be the same colour as the surface.
In "Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted", popular blogger and theologian Richard Beck reintroduces the devil to the modern world with a biblical, bold, and urgent vision of spiritual warfare: we must resist the devil by joining the kingdom of God's subversive campaign to interrupt the world with love.
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.
Brilliantly written by Susan Mulholland (whose character cleverly references the 'Old Scratch' of A Christmas Carol), this show is skilfully directed by Mark Calvert.
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.
Assorted tricks and intrigues ensue, but just when the soldier thinks he's outsmarted Old Scratch, Ross says, "The devil comes back, like at the end of a De Palma film."