scratch away

scratch away

1. To remove something (from something else) by scraping with something hard, sharp, or abrasive. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scratch" and "away." I was left with a scar because I kept scratching the scab away. You can use a coin to scratch away the grey strip to reveal whether or not you won the prize.
2. To scrape something or some surface steadily or continuously with something hard, sharp, or abrasive. We've been scratching away for nearly an hour, but this rust just won't come off. The dog scratched away at the door, whining to be let out into the back yard.
See also: away, scratch

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 former Lib Dem leader, who lost his seat at the 2017 general election, predicted that Johnson would call an early election in an attempt to prove his political popularity, adding: "He's going to really scratch away at that itch because that's all he has got."
Have they some sort of mental defect that allows them to scratch away in public, or even just walk around with their hands down their trousers?
A glaze is applied and using a sharp tool, you can scratch away the glaze to create a pattern or texture on the surface.
But if you scratch away a spec of the perma tan it's all pretty disturbing stuff.
Dylan was just as good, so we were able to scratch away one and come away with a win."
"Then we'd come in with a large trackhoe and scratch away at that rock, dig it out and they'd set another small charge.
In addition, truck beds see heavy duty use in the field that can scratch away the paint and finish, resulting in exposed materials.
"But I think if you scratch away the crazy stuff, when it comes to the same things Secretary Clinton is talking about, and Bernie Sanders to a point is talking about, with wage inequity and a stagnating middle class, and the reasons and rationale for that happening, I think that, you know, people are pretty angry."
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.
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".
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.