scratch paper


Definition of scratch paper

: paper that may be used for casual writing

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Recent Examples on the Web Ancient people still had to do math, but imagine calculating even fairly simple things without any scratch paper—or if you were never taught to write. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Russian Way to Multiply Is So Much Cooler Than Ours," 6 Feb. 2020 Other groups favor newspaper clippings and scratch paper. Teddy Greenstein,, "Want to bet big on March Madness? Join a Calcutta auction," 14 Mar. 2018 Encourage your kids to use scratch paper during tests to help them with concepts. Staff,, "Comment here on court and crime stories for Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017," 29 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of scratch paper

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scratch paper was in 1899

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“Scratch paper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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