Where does the expression “to start from scratch” come from and What does it mean?

The expression “to start from scratch” means: To begin any enterprise, investigation, search, or other activity from the very beginning, often with no precedent as a guide; to begin at the beginning; to take the first step.

Actually the expression is derived from the sporting world, from a race in which scratch designates the line or mark that is to be the starting point.

Hence, he who starts from scratch starts from nothing; he has no preliminary impetus beyond his own ability, genius, or determination to carry him through the race.

where does the expression to start from scratch come from and what does it mean
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