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Start from Scratch

You use the term ‘Start from Scratch’ to indicate that you’re beginning from the very start without previous preparation or advantage.

Example of use: “We don’t have a lot of money so we’re going to have to start from scratch.”

Interesting fact about Start from Scratch

The term ‘start from scratch’ comes from the game of cricket, where strikers are admonished to keep their bats on the scratch line. The term was first seen in 1778.