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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Scratch v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scratched p. pr. & vb. n. Scratching.]
 1. To rub and tear or mark the surface of with something sharp or ragged; to scrape, roughen, or wound slightly by drawing something pointed or rough across, as the claws, the nails, a pin, or the like.
    Small sand-colored stones, so hard as to scratch glass.   --Grew.
 Be mindful, when invention fails,
 To scratch your head, and bite your nails.   --Swift.
 2. To write or draw hastily or awkwardly. Scratch out a pamphlet.”
 3. To cancel by drawing one or more lines through, as the name of a candidate upon a ballot, or of a horse in a list; hence, to erase; to efface; -- often with out.
 4. To dig or excavate with the claws; as, some animals scratch holes, in which they burrow.
 To scratch a ticket, to cancel one or more names of candidates on a party ballot; to refuse to vote the party ticket in its entirety. [U. S.]