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start from scratch

to start from the very beginning; to start from nothing. Whenever I bake a cake, I start from scratch. I never use a cake mix in a box. I built every bit of my own house. I started from scratch and did everything with my own hands.
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start from scratch

Start at the beginning with no advantage. The scratch line was a stripe across the ground where a race began. Starting from scratch meant having no advantage against others in the race where handicaps allowed some entrants shorter distances to run.
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Our preference would be that they start from scratch.
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We're going to have to tear the whole thing up and start from scratch.
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By leveraging their investment and expertise, we are able to provide our customer base with infrastructure that would be cost-prohibitive if we had to start from scratch.
Sherman said a $1 billion project to tear apart the interchange and start from scratch just wouldn't be feasible, so lawmakers and transportation officials have to improve the interchange piece by piece.
Let's put the fund balance into the reserves and then start from scratch each year,'' Schillo said.
New underwriters come in not trusting what you say to them, so you have to start from scratch.
But the more we got into the process, we saw we needed a guy who could start from scratch.