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noun scratch pronunciation in British English /skrætʃ/
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singularscratch
pluralscratches
  1. 1
    [countable] a cut on the surface of your skin
    Don’t worry. It’s just a scratch.
    1. a.
      [countable] a thin mark on a surface
      There were some nasty scratches on the paintwork.
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    2. b.
      [singular] used for emphasizing that someone is not hurt at all or that something is not damaged at all
      Fortunately I walked away from the accident without a scratch.
      a used car that doesn’t have a scratch on it
  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] the action of pulling your nails along your skin
    have a scratch: The dog was having a good scratch against the furniture.
  3. 3
    [countable] a sound made by moving something sharp or rough against a hard surface
    We heard the scratch of a cat’s claws against a tree.

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