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start from scratch

To begin from the very beginning without the aid or advantage of something that is already prepared or completed. A noun or pronoun can be used between "start" and "from." The folder with my outline and notes got deleted, so now I have to start the whole project again from scratch. We don't have time to start from scratch, so let's just use some cake mix from a box.
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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, to

To begin from nothing at all, without having a head start or some other advantage. This term comes from racing, where a horse or runner is said to start from scratch when starting from the usual point—that is, the line “scratched” (marked) on the course—while others may be starting ahead with a handicap. The term was transferred to other bare beginnings by the twentieth century. George Orwell used it in Coming Up for Air (1939): “We’d no fishing tackle of any kind. . . . We had to start from scratch.”
See also: start

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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You start something from scratch, you take a recipe, you go left and right, and after one year, you come back to the point where the thing you learned at the very beginning was way it works best," said Boujema.
When we try to build new things, we start something from scratch. This is how all the legends made the history." He urged the participants to remember one thing: "Your vision allows you to take bold decisions, otherwise you will die with your dreams." Anum Shakeel said: "In initial days when we started working on Momentum, as a project lead I had to face a lot of difficulties to convince people about a national and neutral gathering without any support or backing of the government.
He said his aim was to "start something from scratch and to build it into something of significance".
Working for the first time under Bobby, MiG intimated, "This is really the first that I have to start something from scratch. And this has been such a wonderful process.
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"The idea is to build on initiatives that already exist rather than start something from scratch," explained Hawkins.
It was a great opportunity to start something from scratch.
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Coming to Higgs in order to start something from scratch provided her with a different set of challenges.
You couldn't ask for a better man for advice when it comes to how best to start something from scratch.