"I should have been scragged, and no mistake," said the boy, with a shiver.
Tell me what happened in the woods after I got scragged and Mike carted me up here?
Why, it means that he is to be scragged to-day or to-morrow.
Just in case you get scragged in one of these brawls and I don't?
That old man would have been glad to see you scragged, Mr. Ainsleigh.
I promised your poor Auguste that you should be happy; he wanted to make you a rich woman, and he got scragged for your sake.
Besides, could he not plead that he had repaid the pals who had been scragged?
And there is Theodore, who was just going to have his hair cropped to be scragged at four this afternoon!
I can't help likening thee to that poor gipsy wench, Sybil; but may I be scragged if I'd use thee as her lover has used her.
"Because you will be scragged within three days," replied the police agent.
1540s, "lean person or animal, a raw-bones;" perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian skragg "a lean person;" dialectal Swedish skraka "a great, dry tree; a long, lean man," skragge "old and torn thing," Danish skrog "hull of a ship, carcass," Icelandic skröggr, a nickname of the fox); perhaps from root of shrink.
An unattractive woman; dog
[1940s+ Students; probably fr hag reinforced by the name of the ugly Scraggs family in the comic strip ''Li'l Abner'' and possibly by earlier slang, ''a raw-bones; a skinny person,'' found by 1542]