oxford views updated May 17 2018
Scotch / skäch/ •
adj. old-fashioned term for Scottish.•
short for Scotch whisky.2. [as pl. n.] (the Scotch) dated the people of Scotland.3. dated the form of English spoken in Scotland.
oxford views updated May 29 2018
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.
oxford views updated Jun 11 2018
decisively put an end to; render (something regarded as dangerous) temporarily harmless. The sense ‘render temporarily harmless’ is based on an emendation of Shakespeare
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’.
oxford views updated May 23 2018
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
oxford views updated May 14 2018
block, etc. placed under a circular object to prevent slipping. XVII. occas. skatch
, which may indicate identity with scatch
(XVI) stilt — OF. escache