scratch at (something)

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scratch at (something)

To scratch something continuously or a great deal. You need to stop scratching at that scab, or you're going to leave a scar! The dog scratched at the door, whining to be let out into the back yard.
See also: scratch

scratch at something

to scratch something. You shouldn't scratch at a chigger bite because it might get infected. Don't scratch at it!
See also: scratch
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3 : to make a scraping noise <The dog was scratching at the door.>
The SEM micrograph in Figure 4 shows exposed talc particles in the PP homopolymer after scratching at 30 N and 100 mm/sec.
Scratching at night, even during sleep, is one of the hallmarks of the cycle, so the only way to disrupt it is to prescribe medication that soothes the itching and allows the patient to get a good night's rest, Dr.