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start from scratch

Meaning: If you start from scratch, you begin something from the very beginning without using anything else as a starting point.

For example:

  • Our website is terrible, so we should get rid of it altogether and start again from scratch.

  • I was being interviewed for a radio show, but the guy forgot to turn on the recorder. He realised after about ten minutes, so we had to start again from scratch.

Quick Quiz:

Julio had to start his book again from scratch because
  1. he lost it all in a house fire
  2. he didn't like the last part
  3. his editor said it needed work

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