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from scratch

[fr..m 'skr@tS] = /frəm ˈskrætʃ/
  1. If you do something from scratch, you do it from the beginning.
    When the writer finished writing his book, it was stolen and now he has to write it from scratch.
    There were so many errors in the program that the programmer decided to write it from scratch.
    He had no money and no rich friends, so he had to build his business from scratch.
    The fool’s knowledge is so bad that he should forget it all and start learning from scratch.