[ verb ] cause friction
"my sweater scratches"
Used in print(Francis Pollini, Night....)
`` Lookit that come_down , willya '' , said the man , scratching himself , yawning .(Robert Penn Warren, Wilderness....)
The figure stopped and one hand was perilously freed from the hamper to scratch the nose .
He could not make_out , but he knew that again she was scratching her nose .
Mollie_the_Mutton was scratching her nose .
The words ran crazily in his head : Mollie_the_Mutton is scratching her nose in the rain .
[ verb ] cut the surface of; wear away the surface of
Used in print(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)
The bristles are soft enough to massage the gums and not scratch the enamel .(Francis J. Johnston and John E. Willard, "The...)
Following reaction the cells were scratched with a file and opened under a 20 % aqueous sodium_iodide solution .(Gerald Green, The Heartless Light....)
He would lay in wait in the garage , and when the terrier came scratching around , he 'd let_fly with a cherry_bomb .(Stephen Longstreet, Eagles Where I Walk....)
He scratched his mosquito plagued neck .(John Dos Passos, Midcentury....)
`` I could scratch her eyes out '' , Eileen cried and stamped her foot when I came_back from the phone_booth .
[ noun ] (medicine) an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
Used in print(Harry Olesker, Impact....)
Later , she apologized for the long scratch across his face , tried to explain she could n't help herself , that the panic arose in her unwanted .