Investigate or treat something superficially, as in This feed-the-hungry program only scratches the surface of the problem, or Her survey course barely scratches the surface of economic history. This metaphoric term transfers shallow markings made in a stone or other material to a shallow treatment of a subject or issue. [ Early 1900s ]
- Scratch together
verb 1. (transitive, adverb) to assemble with difficulty: he scratched up a team for the football match
- Scratch up
- Scratch video
noun 1. the technique or practice of recycling images from films or television to make collages
noun 1. a short wig, especially one that covers only part of the head.