from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Wall-decoration executed by laying on the face of a building, or the like, a coat of colored plaster, and covering it with a coat of white plaster, which is then scratched through in any design, so that the colored ground appears; graffito decoration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See scratch coat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The first layer of plaster to be applied in plasterwork.


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scratch +‎ work


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  • Under his fingertips Joanna glimpsed the scratchwork shadows of traced Sigils and runes.

    The Silicon Mage Hambly, Barbara 1988

  • For instance, you need to fine-tune your Process of Elimination technique or Fit-in-good-numbers technique since you will have far less time given the fact that the question is on the screen and the scratchwork is done on a rough paper, which would require you to re-write some parts of the question. 2009

  • He did collages too, and scratchwork (not that any of these techniques are or were mutually exclusive), but I find his paint-heavy works to be his finest.

    Jog - The Blog 2008


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