scratch at

scratch at (something)

To scratch something continuously or a great deal. You need to stop scratching at that scab, or you're going to leave a scar! The dog scratched at the door, whining to be let out into the back yard.
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scratch at something

to scratch something. You shouldn't scratch at a chigger bite because it might get infected. Don't scratch at it!
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Using the newly constructed light scattering instrument at NIST, optical scattering measurements on a single scratch at various scattering geometries collecting both the specular and nonspecular intensities were conducted.
Fine cracks extend from both sides of the scratch at an angle of about 30[degrees] to the scratch in specimen T3 (Fig.
The plastically deformed matrix also contains parabolic marks with fine cracks extending from both sides of the scratch at an angle of about 30[degrees] to the scratch (Fig.