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And with that he seized me again by the scruff of the neck and shook me.

So we adopted a more pressing plan, and coaxed him out by the scruff of his neck.

She came to and tried to bite me, but I had her by the scruff of the neck and she couldn't.

When dinner-time came we had to be dragged in by the scruff of our necks.

Bucky would drag you back by the scruff of the neck in two weeks.

Grasping the animal by the scruff of the neck, he tossed him into the standing-room.

When Scruff and his traces were effaced, Herr Paul took a ladle in his hand.

Scruff' has a sore toe; it is because he has eaten too much meat.

Mirestone held the goat by the scruff of his neck and fastened a halter about him.

She seized the woolly dog by the scruff of the neck and deposited it in her lap.

WORD ORIGIN

"nape of the neck," 1790, altered (by influence of scruff "crust") from scuft (1787), probably related to North Frisian skuft "back of the neck of a horse" and Dutch schoft "withers of a horse," from a common Germanic source (cf. Old Norse skopt "hair of the head," Gothic skuft, Middle High German schopf, German Schopf). Another theory holds it to be a variant of scurf.

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