scratch pad

noun
a pad of paper used for jotting down ideas, informal notes, preliminary writing, etc.

Origin:
1890–95, Americanism

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scratch pad
 
n
1.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a notebook, esp one with detachable leaves
2.  computing a small semiconductor memory for temporary storage

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These features include a spell checker and a scratch pad window.
The scratch pad is designed to give you a quick and easy way to record and organize notes and ideas.
The operator also has an electronic scratch pad to enter any notes or comments.
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