from scratch

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition -

"from scratch"

to make something by starting from the beginning using basic ingredients


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - from scratch

"from scratch"

from the very beginning;

from nothing


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - from scratch

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  What are you doing over there?

Friend 2:  I am baking a cake from scratch.

Friend 1:  You're not using a cake mix?

Friend 2:  Nope. Just fresh basic ingredients like eggs and flour, milk, sugar and oil.

Friend 1:  Sounds difficult.

Friend 2:  Not really. It just takes a little practice and patience.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - from scratch

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  This is a really impressive business you have built.

Friend 2:  Thanks. And imagine that I started out from my garage ten years ago.

Friend 1:  And you built the business from scratch?

Friend 2:  Exactly, from absolutely nothing except an idea in my head.

Friend 1:  Sounds like a lot of work.

Friend 2:  It was.

from scratch - Usage:


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from scratch - Gerund Form:

Baking a cake from scratch is not often done in modern times.

Starting from scratch, they grew their business into a global enterprise.

from scratch - Examples:

1)  ... the last thing you want to spend your time on is creating new icons from scratch.

2)  ... started the business and built it up from scratch into a flagship in Canada, instituting procedures that are now emulated by others.

3)  It is more eco-friendly to smelt the metals than it is to manufacture metal from scratch.

4)  ... year on maternity leave, and when she returned, she had to start from scratch and gain back the trust of taxi owners.

5)  Since then, the rookie has even rebuilt one of his boat's engines from scratch.

6)  ... the roots of your old life and move halfway around the world to start from scratch in a new city.

7)  Everything is made from scratch. We make our own peanut sauce.

8)  They showed me that food made from scratch tastes better. 

9)  ... to offer the fresh ingredients, seasoning and recipes needed to cook simple meals from scratch together.

10)  ... reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling from scratch is absolutely a last resort.

11)  ... said one of the keys has been making everything from scratch and using nothing but fresh ingredients.

12)  I have resigned myself to starting again from scratch.

13)  ... to retrofit trucks, is faster and cheaper than designing and making a vehicle from scratch.

14)  Rather than starting from scratch, the group works with existing educational aid programs to ...

15)  ... are handcrafted and churned from scratch daily at the on-site kitchen.

16)  He has also done sous vide cheesecake and made tonkotsu ramen broth from scratch, cooking it for 10 hours. 

17)  IT teams need to tear down the service string and rebuild it from scratch.

18)  ... uses fresh ingredients and makes most items from scratch.

19)  When you build a business from scratch, all things revolve around you.

20)  I think if we started from scratch, and applied all the lessons we've learned, we could create something really ...