scotch

Don't get your hopes up: The verb to scotch has nothing to do with the well-known liquor. Instead, it means to prevent or stop something from happening.

To scotch is, most often, to prevent plans, efforts, or desires — as opposed to things — from coming about. You wouldn't say, for example, "turning off the flame is one way to scotch the steak." But you might say, "Our plans for spending the weekend camping in the mountains were scotched by the blizzard. No camping for us." Think of scotching as similar to throwing a wrench into someone's plans. Drinking Scotch is one way to scotch your efforts to remain sober.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: scotch

1
v
hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
2
vn
make a small cut or score into
a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)
3
adj
avoiding waste
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: scotch
1

v hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

Synonyms:
baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, spoil, thwart
Types:
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disappoint, let down
fail to meet the hopes or expectations of
dash
destroy or break
short-circuit
hamper the progress of; impede
ruin
destroy or cause to fail
betray, fail
disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
come short, fall short
fail to meet (expectations or standards)
disenchant, disillusion
free from enchantment
undo
cause the ruin or downfall of
break
cause the failure or ruin of
shipwreck
ruin utterly
Type of:
forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent
keep from happening or arising; make impossible
2

v make a small cut or score into

Type of:
mark, nock, score
make small marks into the surface of

n a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)

Synonyms:
score
Type of:
dent, incision, prick, scratch, slit
a depression scratched or carved into a surface
3

adj avoiding waste

“` scotch' is used only informally”
Synonyms:
economical, frugal, sparing, stinting
thrifty
careful and diligent in the use of resources
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