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- adv. From the beginning; starting with no advantage or prior preparation.
- adv. From basic materials or raw ingredients.
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- adv. from the beginning, especially without relying on resources or other advantages
From the scratch drawn in the ground serving as the starting line of a foot race. A runner “starting from scratch” received no handicap, but started at the beginning of the course. (Wiktionary)