Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which scratches. Specifically
- n. An instrument for marking trees, usually a hook-like gouge fastened to a flat elliptical iron hoop with wooden handle-plates on the opposite side from the gouge. Also called bark-blazer, cruiser's bark-blazer, tree-scribe, and bark-gouge.
- n. Someone who scratches.
- n. A piece of equipment used to scratch part of the body to relieve an itch.
- n. lottery A scratch card.
- n. zoology Any rasorial bird.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, scratches; specifically (Zoöl.), any rasorial bird.
- n. a person who scratches to relieve an itch
- n. a device used for scratching
- n. a workman who uses a tool for scratching
- scratch + -er (Wiktionary)
“Another head scratcher is observed upon entering Oaxaca state, along the beaches.”
“The neat part of that scratcher is the opening is only on one side so when it gets worn you can reverse the cardboard.”
“I've even found that both of our pets love it as a back-scratcher, which is the equivalent of crack to them.”
“In the desert and sage-brush part of the state the sage-hen, another "scratcher," runs swiftly through the thickets, but many are caught and brought in by the Indians.”
“Republicans in one list, all the Democrats in another, etc., this arrangement is much less favourable to independence in voting and much less efficient as a check upon bribery; because the man who votes a straight party ticket will make all his marks in a very short time, while the "scratcher," or independent voter, will consume much more time in selecting his names.”
“Even as a small child I would often ride the "scratcher" through the field, busting up clods of dirt and grass, as Pa directed a team of "plow-broke" mules with gee's, haw's, and whoa's!”
“Frankly, cutting the Flickr team is a bit of a head-scratcher: That group is one of the few pockets of future-thinking tinkerers at Yahoo, especially when it comes to building new media experiences around “social objects” such as photos.”
“Yet Ken Whisenhunt's decision to defer receiving the football after winning the coin toss was a major-league head-scratcher.”
“That's why the Obama administration's consideration of a corporate executive to fill the role is such a head scratcher to me.”
“But controls present a head-scratcher for foreign investors.”
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