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  • adv. From the beginning; starting with no advantage or prior preparation.
  • adv. From basic materials or raw ingredients.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. from the beginning, especially without relying on resources or other advantages

Etymologies

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)

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