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scrag

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/ skræg /
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noun
a lean or scrawny person or animal.
the lean end of a neck of veal or mutton.
Slang. the neck of a human being.
verb (used with object), scragged, scrag·ging.
Slang. to wring the neck of; hang; garrote.
Metallurgy. to test (spring steel) by bending.
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Origin of scrag

First recorded in 1535–45; obscurely akin to crag2

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British Dictionary definitions for scrag

scrag
/ (skræɡ) /

noun
a thin or scrawny person or animal
the lean end of a neck of veal or mutton
informal the neck of a human being
verb scrags, scragging or scragged (tr)
informal to wring the neck of; throttle

Word Origin for scrag

C16: perhaps variant of crag; related to Norwegian skragg, German Kragen collar
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