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start from scratch

to start from the very beginning; to start from nothing. Whenever I bake a cake, I start from scratch. I never use a cake mix in a box. I built every bit of my own house. I started from scratch and did everything with my own hands.
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start from scratch

Start at the beginning with no advantage. The scratch line was a stripe across the ground where a race began. Starting from scratch meant having no advantage against others in the race where handicaps allowed some entrants shorter distances to run.
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We had to start from scratch, organizing committees and coming up with a strategic plan," he recalled.
So the wife with little job experience because of her years raising children may have to start from scratch in the working world while her former husband already has a position, professional experience, benefits, and salary.
This thought-provoking book provides a wealth of information to kick start any entrepreneur into owning a small business without having to start from scratch.
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In the agreement, the city also promises to settle its two lawsuits against RFI and stop a process that could have terminated the current development agreement and forced Cherokee to start from scratch.
I was put in a difficult position because I had to re-create a new ballet, start from scratch.
Sometimes you have to throw out the entire marketing/pricing strategy and start from scratch.
The write-down, as well as some refinancing with the company's bankers, allows Tembec to start from scratch as it attempts to get the mill - which produces high-quality paper packing board - to full production.