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Fig. [making something] by starting from the beginning with the basic ingredients. (*Typically: bake something ~; do something ~; make something ~; Start (something) ~.) We made the cake from scratch, using no prepared ingredients. I didn't have a ladder, so I made one from scratch.
from nothing We decided to build a newspaper pretty much from scratch.
Usage notes: often used in the form start from scratch: Can we fix the current computer system, or would it be better to start from scratch?
if you do something from scratch, you start right at the beginning We lost all our work in the fire and had to start from scratch. George built a garage from scratch.
From the very beginning, from the outset; from nothing. For example, I knew we'd have a problem from scratch. Similarly, to start from scratch means "to start from the very beginning," as in After the business failed, they decided to reorganize and start from scratch. This term comes from racing, where a competitor starts from the line scratched into the ground (whereas others may start ahead with a handicap). [Mid-1800s] Also see from the ground up; from the word go.
From the very beginning.