scratch a living

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of scratch a living

:to earn barely enough money to live
  • He scratched a living as a farmer.

Word by Word Definitions

scratch play
  1. : to scrape or dig with the claws or nails

  2. : to rub and tear or mark the surface of with something sharp or jagged

  3. : to scrape or rub lightly (as to relieve itching)

  1. : a mark or injury produced by scratching

  2. : scrawl, scribble

  3. : the sound made by scratching

  1. : arranged or put together with little selection : haphazard

  2. : made as or used for a tentative effort

  3. : made or done by chance and not as intended

living play
  1. : having life

  2. : active, functioning

  3. : exhibiting the life or motion of nature : natural

  1. : the condition of being alive

  2. : means of subsistence : livelihood

  3. : estate, property


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