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start from scratch

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start from scratch

verb phrase
  1. To begin on an even footing, with no advantage or handicap: We're gonna have a good life together starting from scratch
  2. To begin with the very first and simplest steps; build from the ground: So they threw their plans away and started from scratch

[1936+; fr the scratch-line, the starting line for races, often scratched in the earth]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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