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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
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When your brain realises you've scratched away the irritant, the signal being sent to it that you have an itch is interrupted and therefore is no longer felt by the brain.
Q MY dog has just scratched away the fur on her back, leaving a patch.
Soon as their veneer of untouchability is slightly scratched away all hell breaks loose which is why the court system is in meltdown and the national health service might die an early death.
The introduction of new requirements that would eliminate the likelihood of women's rights in a marriage and in its dissolution from being scratched away by a cleric at the behest of (usually male) family members is a very positive development that has the possibility of transforming the lives of millions of Pakistani women.
He then took NT$200 of his winnings to buy a Super 777 scratch card, and when he scratched away the covering, he was ecstatic to realize he had won the top cash prize of NT$2 million.
It was a timely reminder of the Yorkshireman's qualities qualities Y after the out-of-sorts Ravi Bopara scratched away for 11 from 25 balls before misreading a Shah wrong-un.
It was a timely reminder of the Yorkshireman's qualities after the out-of-sorts Ravi Bopara scratched away for 11 from 25 balls before misreading a Shah wrong-un.
The Scratchbox Project, an illuminated canvas covered with paint that could be scratched away, drew people eager to contribute their own messages and art.
To comply with censorship laws over there all the offending closeup detail had been scratched away with sandpaper by Japanese customs officials.
When this protective oxide layer is scratched away, it is quickly replenished upon renewed exposure to oxygen.
I'd love to see him repair the sheen that was scratched away in the St Leger.
"After many years of deprivation and a lack of success, we've scratched away the surface.
Korpi suspects the $2 would have been scratched away quickly.
Leaving Stella and LeWitt behind, Hoeber covers his canvases with a loose application of thick paint that almost seems to mock the older artists' fetish for flatness: Bloody splotches of red and pink are visible where the chiastic black-on-black painting has been scratched away; the volumetric edges of a gray and red concentric composition seem expressionistically (or maybe just compulsively) layered.
She calls herself the "political cleaning lady of the nation" and said that in the last four years alone, she has scratched away more than 36,000 right-wing stickers.