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Where did the phrase "scotch the top...

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Where did the phrase “scotch the top” come from when it pertains to moving the top of a boiling pan slightly so that some of the steam can escape?
To make a scotch is to cut with a shallow incision or to slash. Scotch is also the line marked on the ground in certain games, like hopscotch. The origin of its use in cooking is unknown.

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