scutch

scutch

[skuhch]
verb (used with object)
1.
to dress (flax) by beating.
2.
to dress (brick or stone); scotch.
noun
3.
Also called scutcher. a device for scutching flax fiber.
4.
Also, scotch. a small picklike tool with two cutting edges for trimming brick.

Origin:
1680–90; < Middle French *escoucher (French écoucher) to beat flax < Vulgar Latin *excuticāre, for Latin excutere (ex- ex-1 + -cutere, combining form of quatere to shatter; cf. quash)

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scutch1 (skʌtʃ)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to separate the fibres from the woody part of (flax) by pounding
 
n
2.  Also called: scutcher the tool used for this
 
[C18: from obsolete French escoucher, from Vulgar Latin excuticāre (unattested) to beat out, from Latin ex-1 + quatere to shake]

scutch2 (skʌtʃ)
 
vb
dialect (Northern English) to strike with an open hand

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