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From French escache, from Italian scaccia.


scatch (plural scatches)

  1. (obsolete) A kind of bit for the bridle of a horse.
    1684, Thomas de Grey, The Compleat Horse-Man, and Expert Ferrier[1], Fifth edition, page 236:
    and thus, having brought your horse to a Post set up for that purpose, and one to assist you with a Rein fastened to the rings of a half Cannon Bit or a Scatch, you having mounted his back, let your assistant hold him to the post with his head facing it,
  2. (obsolete, UK, dialect) A stilt.