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Take A Scratch - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Take A Scratch

Take A Scratch is a billiards slang term that is a part of Billiard Technique Terminology.

In one pocket, take a scratch means to intentionally foul, generally by very lightly touching the cue ball with the cue stick; if you are trying to leave the ball right where it is; or by rolling or nudging it to a more desirable location, but without regard for legally striking a ball and/or a cushion, thus accepting a foul penalty.

See: professional foul, flagrant foul, intentional foul, deliberate foul for more on the meaning of "Take A Scratch".

Take A Scratch - Usage

It looks like Jimmy is about to take a scratch on the 3 ball.

Billiards - Take A Scratch

  • Title: Take A Scratch
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 5/19/2006
  • Last Updated: 10/24/2007 9:50:02 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

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