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.

Definitions of scotch
  1. verb
    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
    synonyms: baffle, bilk, confound, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scuttle, spoil, thwart
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    disappoint, let down
    fail to meet the hopes or expectations of
    destroy or break
    hamper the progress of; impede
    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
    cause the ruin or downfall of
    cause the failure or ruin of
    ruin utterly
    type of:
    forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, preempt, prevent
    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  2. verb
    make a small cut or score into
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    mark, nock, score
    make small marks into the surface of
  3. noun
    a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)
    synonyms: score
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    dent, incision, prick, scratch, slit
    a depression scratched or carved into a surface
  4. adjective
    avoiding waste
    “` scotch' is used only informally”
    synonyms: economical, frugal, sparing, stinting
    careful and diligent in the use of resources
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