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scorch

[Caymans idem (Fuller 68); OED an alter­ation of score, perhaps after scratch, obs. → 1823] v. 1. to score; to cut slashes, especially in fish before salting or cooking: 1918 Scorch dis ketch of fish (Parsons 122). The fish you does scorch um and salt um and then wash um out (Ragged). (Gen.)

2. to scratch: 1978 "We jus' don't want yuh get small pox." So he grab muh an' scorch up muh arm tree time wid he pen knife (Dupuch 31). (Gen.)

3. to cross out: Scorch it out (Nassau). (Gen.)

—n. [cf. v. def. 1] a piece of fish that has been cut into strips for curing: 1918 Gi' de woman de fish . . Dey lef one little scorch (Parsons 122). (Black)

Tags: fish, food, noun, verb

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Last update: 2011-08-03 23:29
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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