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Idiom
start from scratch
build from the ground up
 
 
Meaning
start from the very beginning or with nothing
 
 
Usage
This business has been built from the ground up with no help from others.
 
 
Story
The phrase start from scratch is derived from the sporting sense of a starting point of a competitor who receives no odds in a handicap match.
 
 
Story
The idiom 平地楼台 literally means high buildings rise from the ground.
 
 
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