Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • With scratching action.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb With a scratching motion or 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

  • 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.

    Senate

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

    A Christmas Carol Trailer and Premiere News | /Film

  • 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.

    Stabenow: 'We're Talking' About My Green-Collar Jobs Plan For Stimulus

  • 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.

    Only Rita Could Get Me To Blog About Pants - A Dress A Day

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

    December 2008

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