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verb (used with object), scragged, scrag·ging.
  1. Slang. to wring the neck of; hang; garrote.
  2. Metallurgy. to test (spring steel) by bending.

Origin of scrag

First recorded in 1535–45; obscurely akin to crag2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for scrag

stretch, execute, hoist, swing, noose, lynch, scrag, gibbet

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British Dictionary definitions for scrag


  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
verb scrags, scragging or scragged (tr)
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for scrag

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.

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