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scratch off

1. To scrape something off (of something else), especially in a hurried, inelegant, or careless manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scratch" and "off." Someone scratched off the serial number, so there's no way to trace where the machine was sold. He scratched paint off the car when he brushed up against the trees as he reversed out of the driveway.
2. To scrape away the opaque covering on a competition ticket, especially a lottery ticket, that reveals whether one won or not. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scratch" and "off." He howled with joy when he scratched off the ticket and saw three winning symbols—only to realize that it was a promotion for a car dealership, not a lottery ticket. Even though I know better, I still get a little rush of excitement when I scratch a lottery ticket off.
3. To eliminate or strike through someone's or something's name on a list. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scratch" and "off." Well, that's another thing we can scratch off our to-do list for our trip through Europe. I had to scratch him off the list of players for Saturday's game when I found out he was failing in three subjects. I had to scratch Jenny off the roster because she was late for the third time in a row.
4. To hastily write or draw something by hand. He quickly scratched off a phone number on a slip of paper and pushed it across the desk to me. I scratched off a crude sketch of the attacker while his face was fresh in my mind.
See also: off, scratch

scratch off

v.
1. To remove something or an outer layer of something by lightly scraping: I scratched off the paint that had dripped on the table. The mud on my shoes dried up, so I scratched it off. I scratched off the lottery ticket with a coin.
2. To remove someone or something from a list or record: I decided not to sign up for the team, so the coach scratched off my name from the list. We don't need any pickles, so you can scratch that off the shopping list.
3. To write or draw something hurriedly: After the party I scratched off a thank-you note. It's a very old essay—I scratched it off when I was in middle school.
See also: off, scratch
References in classic literature ?
Norris, "taking out two carriages when one will do, would be trouble for nothing; and, between ourselves, coachman is not very fond of the roads between this and Sotherton: he always complains bitterly of the narrow lanes scratching his carriage, and you know one should not like to have dear Sir Thomas, when he comes home, find all the varnish scratched off."
I was scratched off the card before the first heat.
When she scratched off the ticket, she couldn't believe she was the top prize winner and asked her father to have a look at the ticket the next day.
Wagoner only scratched off four of the five tickets, which were not lucky when he had these checked at a convenience store.
Recipients scratched off three chocolates to match flavors and were asked to bring the card into the bank to redeem their prize (even those with nonmatching combinations won).
"When she scratched off the symbols, it said pounds 250,000 winner.
Instant ticket games are preprinted cards with various symbols hidden under a latex-type covering that is scratched off so players find out immediately whether they've won.
Scratch Off Systems can vary the hardness of the scratch material, allowing direct marketers looking to increase interaction with their customers to use them on direct mail pieces without fear of the material getting scratched off in transit," he says.
As part of the summer "Treasure Hunt" beverage promotion, created in concert with Mission Viejo, Calif.-based MarkeTeam, Inc., the incentive program awarded prizes to servers who scratched off correct answers.
"What we're trying to do is educate our cashiers to check the cards to make sure the package hasn't been tampered with and the coating hasn't been scratched off," Joyce Smart, director of corporate communications at Bi-Lo, tells Grocery Headquarters.
It is invisible and cannot be rubbed or scratched off.
As the card is in play for seven days, only 21 boxes should be scratched off in total.
The correct answer to each published question must be scratched off. Each and every question must be answered correctly or the card is invalid.
Cards will be invalid if more than one answer and/or an incorrect answer panel is scratched off for any question.
YESTERDAY you should have scratched off the silver Mystery Prize panel on the top left hand side of your Lucky Bag.