start from scratch

start from scratch
start from scratch (figurative)
1. To start at the beginning
2. To embark on (a task, career, etc) without any advantages, experience or without any preparatory work having been done
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Main Entry:scratch

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  • start from scratch — Scratch Scratch, n. 1. A break in the surface of a thing made by scratching, or by rubbing with anything pointed or rough; a slight wound, mark, furrow, or incision. [1913 Webster] The coarse file . . . makes deep scratches in the work. Moxon.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • start from scratch — See: FROM SCRATCH …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • start from scratch — See: FROM SCRATCH …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • start from scratch — When you start something from scratch, you start at the very beginning …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • start from scratch — start from the beginning, go back to square one    After the flood, we all had to start from scratch to rebuild our lives …   English idioms

  • start\ from\ scratch — See: from scratch …   Словарь американских идиом

  • start from scratch — begin from zero, begin with nothing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • from scratch — {adv. phr.}, {informal} With no help from anything done before; from the beginning; from nothing. * /Dick built a radio from scratch./ * /In sewing class, Mary already knew how to sew a little, but Jane had to start from scratch./ Compare: FROM… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • from scratch — {adv. phr.}, {informal} With no help from anything done before; from the beginning; from nothing. * /Dick built a radio from scratch./ * /In sewing class, Mary already knew how to sew a little, but Jane had to start from scratch./ Compare: FROM… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • from scratch — from nothing. We decided to build a newspaper pretty much from scratch. Usage notes: often used in the form start from scratch: Can we fix the current computer system, or would it be better to start from scratch? …   New idioms dictionary

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