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Scratch up   /skrætʃ əp/   Listen
Scratch up

Cut the surface of; wear away the surface of.  Synonyms: scrape, scratch.

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"Scratch up" Quotes from Famous Books

... trick soon made the bear a great tree-climber, and he would scratch up the tree at his best pace, at the slightest sign from ...
— Black Bruin - The Biography of a Bear • Clarence Hawkes

... grove of olive trees, with large vineyards to them. The Chili wine, in my opinion, is full as good as Madeira, and made in such quantities that it is sold extremely cheap. The soil of this country is so fertile, that the husbandmen have very little trouble, for they do but in a manner scratch up the ground, and without any kind of manure it yields an hundred fold. Without doubt the wheat of Chili is the finest in the world, and the fruits are all excellent in their kinds. Beef and mutton ...
— A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17 • Robert Kerr

Words linked to "Scratch up" :   scratch, incise, scuff, scrape, claw

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