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scotch decisively put an end to; render (something regarded as dangerous) temporarily harmless. The sense ‘render temporarily harmless’ is based on an emendation of Shakespeare's Macbeth as ‘We have scotch'd the snake, not kill'd it’, originally understood as a use of the homonym scotch with the meaning ‘cut or score the skin of’.

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scotch / skäch/ • v. [tr.] decisively put an end to: a spokesman has scotched the rumors. scotch2 • v. [tr.] archaic cut or score the skin or surface of. • n. archaic a cut or score in skin or another surface.

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Scotch

Scotch / skäch/ • adj. old-fashioned term for Scottish. • n. 1. short for Scotch whisky. 2. [as pl. n.] (the Scotch) dated the people of Scotland. 3. dated the form of English spoken in Scotland.

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scotch1 make an incision in XV; (from Theobald's emendation of scorch in Sh. ‘Macbeth’ III iv 13) injure or obstruct so as to render harmless for a time XVIII. of unkn. orig.
Hence sb. incision XV; so in HOPSCOTCH.

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scotch2 block, etc. placed under a circular object to prevent slipping. XVII. occas. skatch, which may indicate identity with scatch (XVI) stilt — OF. escache.

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scotch

scotchblotch, botch, crotch, notch, outwatch, scotch, splotch, swatch, topnotch, watch •hopscotch • butterscotch •hotchpotch • wristwatch • skywatch •fobwatch • dogwatch • stopwatch

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