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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 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.
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!
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The stereotype is no longer of a teenage punk but someone older, shirtless or with a 'sando' raised halfway as he scratches away on a potbelly, occasionally scratching further south to throw in a sense of the lewd, of the 'bastos' (disrespectful).
It defies logic and scratches away at your deep-seated love for the club when the players can give champions Bristol City a run for their money in their own backyard one week and whither and wilt against a relegation rival the next when the form book suggested City should have put them to the sword.
Whether out of some kind of overpowering empathy, or because she comes to share his reality, Agnes scratches away at bugs that may or may not be there.
It is a probative sort of a book, which scratches away at case law in search of the underlying themes and directions of administrative law.
She's into overly-attentive grooming, cleaning the backs of her ears so assiduously with her paws that she scratches away the hair and makes herself bleed.
The mild abrasive in the paste should blend the scratches away.
This second instalment scratches away at the gilded Edwardian era to uncover Britain on the brink of a revolution and headed for war.
The mild abrasives in the paste should blend the scratches away.
the while, necessity, who is the mother of invention, scratches away at
There are moments, though, when the idea of Bruce's cave scratches away at the senses as I'm passing, but usually I just say "ach, some other Ecclefechan time," or something like that, and clatter on down the road.
"A punk waltz group," Ronnie Joe says, as the researcher solemnly scratches away as his clipboard and Ronnie Joe's friends try to conceal their giggling by hiding behind the video games.