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scutch

[skuhch] /skʌtʃ/
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
1680-1690
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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British Dictionary definitions for scutch

scutch1

/skʌtʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to separate the fibres from the woody part of (flax) by pounding
noun
2.
Also called scutcher. the tool used for this
Word Origin
C18: from obsolete French escoucher, from Vulgar Latin excuticāre (unattested) to beat out, from Latin ex-1 + quatere to shake

scutch2

/skʌtʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
(Northern English, dialect) to strike with an open hand
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