scrag

scrag

[skrag]
noun
1.
a lean or scrawny person or animal.
2.
the lean end of a neck of veal or mutton.
3.
Slang. the neck of a human being.
verb (used with object), scragged, scragging.
4.
Slang. to wring the neck of; hang; garrote.
5.
Metallurgy. to test (spring steel) by bending.

Origin:
1535–45; obscurely akin to crag2

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scrag (skræɡ)
 
n
1.  a thin or scrawny person or animal
2.  the lean end of a neck of veal or mutton
3.  informal the neck of a human being
 
vb , scrags, scragging, scragged
4.  informal to wring the neck of; throttle
 
[C16: perhaps variant of crag; related to Norwegian skragg, German Kragen collar]

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scrag definition

[skræg]
  1. n.
    the neck. (Underworld.) : The cop grabbed him by the scrag and pushed him along to the squad car.
  2. tv.
    to kill someone or something. (Originally underworld to strangle.) : The gang decided that somebody was going to have to scrag the witness.
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