Definition of scrag in English:


Syllabification: scrag
Pronunciation: /skrag

verb (scrags, scragging, scragged)

[with object] informal , chiefly British
  • 1Handle roughly; beat up.
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    • I saw one group of traders run off like a startled herd, while three police, like a pack of hunting dogs, scragged the least nimble.
  • 1.1 archaic or US Kill, especially by strangling or hanging.


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  • 1An unattractively thin person or animal.
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    • She's a dud, a bit of a scrag if you ask me.
    • She is a tall scrag of a woman, crouched in profile, alone on a steep verge above the relentless Florida traffic.
    • They had me and the rest of those scrags and scalawags gyrating all over in some sort of fiendish trance!
  • 2 dated informal A person’s neck.
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    • ‘I don't like this scrag, ‘he answers, pulling at the skin at the top of his neck.’


mid 16th century (as a noun): perhaps an alteration of Scots and northern English crag 'neck' The verb (mid 18th century) developed the sense 'handle roughly' from the early use 'hang, strangle'.

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