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From Middle English bescratchen, equivalent to be- +‎ scratch.


bescratch (third-person singular simple present bescratches, present participle bescratching, simple past and past participle bescratched)

  1. (transitive) To scratch; scratch about; scratch all over.
    • 2009, Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews and Shamela - Page 203:
      I no sooner see him, but I scream out to Mrs. Jervis, she feigns likewise but just to come to herself; we both begin, she to becall, and I to bescratch very liberally.