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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A self-taught home cook and soon-to-be executive chef at the Soho sister restaurant of Mayfair's Michelin-starred Tamarind, Ghotra is passionate about Indian food and is on a mission to enable everyone to cook a curry from scratch for themselves.
But now I've had time to work properly with a group of players who can bite and scratch for themselves without relying onme to see they're all right.