itch vs scratch : Common Errors in English

About itch vs scratch

Strictly speaking, you scratch an itch. If you’re trying to get rid of atingly feeling on your back scratch it, don’t itch it.

itch Meaning(s)

  • (n) a contagious skin infection caused by the itch mite; characterized by persistent itching and skin irritation
  • (n) a strong restless desire
  • (n) an irritating cutaneous sensation that produces a desire to scratch
  • (v) scrape or rub as if to relieve itching
  • (v) have or perceive an itch
  • (v) cause to perceive an itch
  • (v) have a strong desire or urge to do something

scratch Meaning(s)

  • (n) an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
  • (n) a depression scratched or carved into a surface
  • (n) informal terms for money
  • (n) a competitor who has withdrawn from competition
  • (n) a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
  • (n) dry mash for poultry
  • (n) a harsh noise made by scraping
  • (n) poor handwriting
  • (n) (golf) a handicap of zero strokes
  • (n) an indication of damage
  • (v) cause friction
  • (v) cut the surface of; wear away the surface of
  • (v) scrape or rub as if to relieve itching
  • (v) postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled
  • (v) remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
  • (v) gather (money or other resources) together over time
  • (v) carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

itch in News

  1. Yard work not my thing

    Tuesday morning, I woke up with a bad case of the yard work blues. I spent most of the preceding weekend doing stuff I have avoided for most of the winter and there wasn’t an inch of my body that didn’t itch or ache from the experience.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Herald Democrat

  2. Chocolate, Shakespeare and Champagne Saturday

    If you can't wait for the Great River Shakespeare Festival opening night on June 28, Saturday may satisfy your theatrical itch, with the Chocolate, Shakespeare and Champagne event beginning at 7 p.m. During the gathering, attendees will be treated to sneak peeks of the Shakespeare performances.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Winona Post

  3. New Video: Skylar Grey, 'Wear Me Out'

    Skylar Grey takes a sexy camping trip in her "Wear Me Out" video. We've never been good at camping -- correction: I'VE never been good at camping. I shudder at the idea of no cell phone service, my thumbs itch to text someone (phantom text syndrome), and my brain will almost literally shatter if I [...]
    on June 12, 2013 Source: MTV

scratch in News

  1. Dodgers' Puig sits with strained shoulder

    Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig was a late scratch from Wednesday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks because of a strained right shoulder.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The SportsXchange via Yahoo! Sports

  2. Yasiel Puig not in the Dodgers lineup the day after brawl with Diamondbacks

    Rookie sensation Yasiel Puig was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers, a day after he was a central figure in a pair of bench-clearing brawls with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers say Puig has a … Continue reading ?
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Big League Stew via Yahoo! Sports

  3. Doll Clothes Superstore Announces their “Scratch and Dent” Sale: This Event is a Great Time To Purchase Doll Clothes ...

    The “Scratch and Dent” sale offers customers fantastic deals on items that are slightly flawed and provides parents with the perfect opportunity to stock up on gifts that their little girls are sure to love. (PRWeb June 10, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 10, 2013 Source: PRWeb

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