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adj. scratch·i·er, scratch·i·est
1. Marked by or consisting of scratches: scratchy handwriting.
2. Making a harsh scratching noise: a scratchy voice; a scratchy record.
3. Harsh and irritating: a scratchy fabric.
4. Irregular; uneven: played a scratchy stroke.

scratch′i·ly adv.
scratch′i·ness n.
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Noun1.scratchiness - the roughness of a substance that causes abrasionsscratchiness - the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions
raggedness, roughness - a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven
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إحْداثُ صَريرٍ أو خَرْبَشَه
e-î sem getur rispaî/skrámaî


nKratzen nt
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(skrӕtʃ) verb
1. to mark or hurt by drawing a sharp point across. The cat scratched my hand; How did you scratch your leg?; I scratched myself on a rose bush.
2. to rub to relieve itching. You should try not to scratch insect bites.
3. to make by scratching. He scratched his name on the rock with a sharp stone.
4. to remove by scratching. She threatened to scratch his eyes out.
5. to withdraw from a game, race etc. That horse has been scratched.
1. a mark, injury or sound made by scratching. covered in scratches; a scratch at the door.
2. a slight wound. I hurt myself, but it's only a scratch.
3. in certain races or competitions, the starting point for people with no handicap or advantage.
ˈscratchy adjective
ˈscratchiness noun
scratch the surface
to deal too slightly with a subject. We started to discuss the matter, but only had time to scratch the surface.
start from scratch
to start (an activity etc) from nothing, from the very beginning, or without preparation. He now has a very successful business but he started from scratch.
up to scratch
at or to the required or satisfactory standard. Your work does not come up to scratch.
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