Scratch race
Scratch Scratch, a. Made, done, or happening by chance; arranged with little or no preparation; determined by circumstances; haphazard; as, a scratch team; a scratch crew for a boat race; a scratch shot in billiards. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

{Scratch race}, one without restrictions regarding the entrance of competitors; also, one for which the competitors are chosen by lot. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Scratch race — A scratch race is a race in which all contestants start from scratch (on equal terms).If one or more riders gains an entire lap on the peloton and keeps this to the finish, this advantage places them ahead of the other riders with fewer laps… …   Wikipedia

  • scratch race — race in which conditions are equal …   English contemporary dictionary

  • scratch race — noun a race in which all contestants start from scratch (on equal terms) • Hypernyms: ↑race …   Useful english dictionary

  • scratch race — /ˈskrætʃ reɪs/ (say skrach rays) noun an impromptu race, as at a country race meeting, where horses are not handicapped …   Australian English dictionary

  • Scratch — Scratch, a. Made, done, or happening by chance; arranged with little or no preparation; determined by circumstances; haphazard; as, a scratch team; a scratch crew for a boat race; a scratch shot in billiards. [Slang] [1913 Webster] {Scratch race} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scratch — [ skratʃ ] adj. inv. • 1854; mot angl. « rail, ligne de départ » ♦ Anglic. Autom. Temps, classement scratch : meilleur temps ou classement toutes catégories. ● scratch adjectif invariable (anglais scratch, marque) Au golf, se dit d un joueur qui… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • scratch — v., n., & adj. v. 1 tr. score or mark the surface of with a sharp or pointed object. 2 tr. a make a long narrow superficial wound in (the skin). b cause (a person or part of the body) to be scratched (scratched himself on the table). 3 tr. (also… …   Useful english dictionary

  • scratch — [skrach] vt. [LME scracchen, prob. altered < scratten, to scratch, based on cracchen < or akin to MDu cratsen, to scratch < IE base * gred > Alb gërüj, (I) scratch] 1. to mark, break, or cut the surface of slightly with something… …   English World dictionary

  • scratch line — n. 1. the starting line of a race ☆ 2. a line that must not be overstepped in certain contests, as the long jump or javelin throw …   English World dictionary

  • scratch — scratch1 [skrætʃ] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(rub your skin)¦ 2¦(cut somebody s skin)¦ 3¦(make a mark)¦ 4¦(animals)¦ 5¦(remove something)¦ 6¦(remove writing)¦ 7¦(make a noise)¦ 8 scratch the surface 9 scratch your head 10¦(stop something happening)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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