scratch away

scratch something away

to rub or scrape something off by scratching. Look at the finish on this furniture. The cat has almost scratched it away! That cat scratched away the finish on the table!
See also: away, scratch
References in classic literature ?
Jacob paused from his clinking, and looked into the hole, while David began to scratch away the earth, as if in doubtful expectation.
The free crafts table had a host of items that families could go and decorate including tool box picture frames, personalised cards and scratch away key rings.
3 Scratch Away Pens in the range are always very handy to have, a great 'get 3The out of jail card' if you are a bit clumsy.
Some areas are blocked by clay walls that you need to scratch away before Kirby can roll through.
The demands come against a backdrop of deliberate attempts to scratch away other aspects of Hong Kong's autonomy as a "special administrative region".
ERM, ENJOY IT SCRATCH away at the corruption and the corporatisation and the media saturation.
Scratch away at the surface Scratch away at the surface of Ukip, under the Farage gleam, and you reveal an underbelly which leans more to lazy racism, than the hard-sell of saying we don't need more immigrants.
That one month's notice may be his way of making Bacchus get back on the horse but it's also a chance to scratch away at what it means to be a copper in 1969.
To check if dead-looking twigs are still alive, simply scratch away some of the bark to reveal the healthy yellow-green tissue beneath.
Quiz buffs can guess the answers to three questions themed around the Royal Family, celebrities and British history and then scratch away a crown to reveal the answer.
a high profile and avid player on the site, won her fortune playing the recently launched multi scratch game Super 3 WOW, where players have to scratch away to find three matching clovers on a single card.
I sit in front of the piano with a piece of manuscript paper, and I scratch away at ideas.
After this, students were shown how to scratch away areas of paint to create long blades of grass.