1. a race in which all contestants start from scratch (on equal terms)
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Scratch \Scratch\, a.
Made, done, or happening by chance; arranged with little or
no preparation; determined by circumstances; haphazard; as, a
scratch team; a scratch crew for a boat race; a scratch shot
in billiards. [Slang]
Scratch race, one without restrictions regarding the
entrance of competitors; also, one for which the
competitors are chosen by lot.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a race in which all contestants start from scratch (on