scratch away(redirected from scratches 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 gray 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.
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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!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.