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  • v. To shift, move aside, or scoot over.


Perhaps a portmanteau from scoot and inch (so as to describe a movement both rapid and short). (Wiktionary)



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  • I can't prove it but I think this comes from two places: 'scoot' and 'scotch', sort of a blend of both. I've heard 'a scotch more' used in bars (though quite rarely), where I like to think it comes from the legendary parsimony of the Scots. I think that where 'scooch' or 'scootch' is used as 'move a little bit,' that just came emerged from its similarity to 'scoot'. So, "scooch over a little bit" might be redundant.

    May 27, 2009