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Autor:  PPAULO
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Data:  17/SET/2016 2:50 PM
Assunto:  At scratch
Mensagem:  Scratch =Write (something) hurriedly or awkwardly.
It seems to me he meant "in a hurry".
I am more in favour of this one, since Sherlock hints a sense of urgency, sort of, when he says afterwards "it would be injustice to hesitate".
Other sense would be "from the scratch/the beggining".

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At scratch  –  Thiago  17/SET/2016, 1:29 PM
 At scratch  –  PPAULO  17/SET/2016, 2:50 PM
At scratch  –  PPAULO  17/SET/2016, 2:52 PM

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