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noun American English pronunciation: scratch /skrætʃ/ 
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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.

    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] Sound effect: scratch 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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