Definitions

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  • adv. With a scratching motion or action.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With scratching action.

Etymologies

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scratching +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Whatever happened in that relationship, it was clothes-rippingly, back-scratchingly passionate.

    Eagles fans welcome McNabb back to Philadelphia

  • Stabenow already has an impressive 32 fellow Democrats on board with her plan, although the language setting it out the budget resolution is head-scratchingly vague -- a typical feature of the symbolic "reserve funds" that many senators add to budget resolutions with little hope of the provision actually turning into law.

    Stimulus

  • How did it come to pass that such a system grew and flourished where the set up is so head - scratchingly inequitable?

    Why is Lloyd Blankfein

  • The most head-scratchingly eccentric of all Britons to currently hold any kind of public office?

    A Christmas Carol Trailer and Premiere News | /Film

  • His advice can be brutally honest (“Sex is what happens between a man and a woman who are in love and care about each other … or who were drunk in a pub”) or head-scratchingly bizarre (“When a 320-pound man plagued with eczema wants to be spanked by a gorgeous Czech girl, no amount of begging or pleading is going to make that happen”), but it always rings true.

    Comedy: Culture and Celebrity

  • Meanwhile, just as head-scratchingly, the same media that typically treat female politicians like little girls playing dress-up and subject politicians of color to racist screeds and reflexive dismissal were getting all hot and bothered imagining a Clinton-Obama race for the Oval Office ... and telling America that this wasn't only possible, it was the most probable outcome.

    Jennifer L. Pozner: Super Tuesday Media Musings, Part I: Why Media Forced Edwards Out of the Race

  • As for bad Christmas presents ... looking at this pattern, even the most head-scratchingly bad presents I ever got pale in comparison.

    December 2008

  • Picking up on this note of transience, Kołakowski does something really interesting: he frames his whole survey of this head-scratchingly esoteric business around the idea of man's contigency, an Aristotelian term that refers to the fact that even though we exist, it isn't strictly necessary that we exist.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • There'll undoubtedly be lame jokes at the parade of nations; some head-scratchingly bizarre performance art symbolizing The Child of The Future Receiving Hope From The Spirit of Humanity or some crap like that; and you can catch up with it all later here on my blog.

    Arrested Development Gets Torched - Tuned In - TIME.com

  • I gave him a pat on the side of the neck, and he went about in a sharp-driven curve, "close to the ground, like a cat when scratchingly she wheels about after a mouse," leaning sideways till his mane swept the tops of the heather.

    Lilith, a romance

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