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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Andy Hook, owner of Blackfriars, said: "Our events programme offers something for everyone - whether you want to sit back and tuck into a gastronomic feast, or you fancy cooking up some dishes from scratch for yourself.