- At Monday's Civic Centre Committee meeting, the Councillor said rumours needed to be scotched.
- The records showed his plan had been scotched by a hail of objections from all four of our adjoining neighbours - plus, it seemed, one other mystery objector.
- The US quickly stepped in to scotch any such plan.
- Shortly afterwards, I saw the same man on television pronouncing that the leader's brilliant speech would scotch the conspirators.
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early 17th century (as a noun): of unknown origin; perhaps related to skate1. The sense 'render temporarily harmless' is based on an emendation of Shakespeare's Macbeth iii. ii. 13 as ‘We have scotch'd the snake, not kill'd it’, originally understood as a use of scotch2; the sense 'put an end to' (early 19th century) results from the influence on this of the notion of wedging or blocking something so as to render it inoperative.
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late Middle English: of unknown origin.
- Five round tables covered with Scotch plaid cloths occupy most of the space.
- We don't specify Scotch beef on our menus because that is what our clients expect when they eat with us and that is what they get.
- Shoppers are being duped into buying foreign meat which has been inaccurately labelled as Scotch beef, farmers' leaders have claimed.
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- He demanded a great deal of money, complete privacy, a limo to transport him to and from the meeting and a bottle of the best single malt Scotch at each session.
- In the same way that a previous generation explored and experimented with single malt Scotch, today's consumers are learning about tequilas and mezcals.
- He fumbled with the lock on the door to his apartment, looking forward to a stiff shot of single-malt Scotch before fixing dinner.
- He died in the Orkney Islands while returning from an expedition against the Scotch.
late 16th century: contraction of Scottish.
The use of Scotch to mean ‘relating to Scotland or its people’ is disliked by Scottish people and is now uncommon, although it survives in fixed expressions like Scotch egg and Scotch whisky. For more details, see Scottish (usage).
Definition of scotch in:
- The US English dictionary