Definition of Scratch up

1. Verb. Cut the surface of; wear away the surface of.

Exact synonyms: Scrape, Scratch
Specialized synonyms: Claw, Scuff
Generic synonyms: Incise
Derivative terms: Scrape, Scrape, Scratch, Scratch, Scratch, Scratcher, Scratcher
Also: Scratch Out

Lexicographical Neighbors of Scratch Up

scratch made
scratch one's head
scratch out
scratch pad
scratch paper
scratch papers
scratch race
scratch reflex
scratch sheet
scratch someone's back
scratch team
scratch test
scratch that
scratch the surface
scratch together
scratch up (current term)
scratched one's head

Literary usage of Scratch up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1891)
"She then begins to scratch up the earth with her hind feet, using first one INO. ... scratch up ..."

2. Zulu-English dictionary by John William Colenso (1884)
"scratch up for, as a hen. for her chicks. ... Help or make to scratch up. PANDU (Um), n. Large cave or grotto under a rock. ..."

3. Child-garden: Story, Song, Play by League of American Mothers (1894)
"Mother Brownie wants to walk about the barnyard with her five darlings, and scratch up some dainty things for them to eat; but she cannot leave the five ..."

4. Mind in the Lower Animals, in Health and Disease by William Lauder Lindsay (1880)
"By means of their claws, too, they hold on to their perch, and scratch up earth in search of worms or otherwise. A pet bird of Bechstein's got its food by ..."

5. A Dictionary of the Kaffir Language: Including the Xosa and Zulu Dialects by William Jafferd Davis (1872)
"А, «.ixz To scratch up or remove the earth in any particular place ; to scratch or remove the earth for some purpose. Inja ipan- dela »tonina apa! ..."

6. A Handbook of the Ila Language by Edwin William Smith (1907)
"... ku, vt to scratch up the ground (of a cat, &c.). ... ku, vt to scratch up ground like a cat. ..."

7. A Zulu-English Dictionary with Notes on Pronunciation: A Revised Orthography by Alfred T. Bryant (1905)
"scratch up, as a dog or fowl the earth (ace.); scratch, scrape, or dig out with the hands, as the earth so as to extract a root or make я channel; ..."

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