she would be entered scratch

AlexanderIII

Senior Member
Russian
Dear all,
this from the sketch 'An Apartment House Anthology' (chapter 'THE TOP FLOOR EAST') by Dorothy Parker.

Between adventures Miss Huff does a good deal of embroidery. If there were ever a contest in putting cross-stitch baskets on guest towels she would be entered scratch.


She would be entered scratch, I suspect, means she would certainly take part in it. Is this correct?
 
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    I suspect the same as you suspect—or maybe it means she'd be a sure winner? I'd never seen or heard the expression before today; perhaps it was current in Parker's day (the early 20th century).
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    No,
    Scratch -> [immediately and] without preparation - with the implication that her skills were so great that she could beat any competition with ease.

    Compare the golfing term "to play off/from scratch" - to play well enough to not require an advantageous handicap.
     
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