start from scratch

start from scratch

Meaning

  • to start doing something over from the beginning
  • to begin something from nothing
  • restart

Example Sentences

  1. The class has started the lesson from scratch to be able to understand the basics in a better manner.
  2. I have worked hard and started this empire from scratch, so now I am considered an expert in the industry.
  3. I will have to start from scratch and redo the entire assignment because I missed a key point that was to be worked upon.
  4. She has started her life from scratch and I think that it is commendable that she had the strength to come out of every trauma.
  5. He is not able to start from scratch now that he has work experience of 8 years.
  6. The company expected me to start from scratch because the management only just got interested in the project. This is so unfair!
  7. I will start from scratch of it is required to get this done correctly.

Origin

The origin of the phrase comes from running races where the scratch line was the starting point and would offer no advantage to any person. In case of handicap people, they would be given shorter distances to run but would still always start from scratch.

Synonym

  • to start over
  • restart

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