scratch for (one)self

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scratch for (one)self

To be self-sufficient. Now that you're a college student living on campus, you can't rely on your parents to take care of you—you need to scratch for yourself. I come from a big family, so I've been scratching for myself since I was a little kid.
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When Maria returned from Dapitan she had to make a living practically from scratch for herself, her children, and her mother-in-law.
If any a friend of mine tried to set me up with someone who she considers not up to scratch for herself but fine for poor single me - I would be horrified,'' she says firmly.