Definition of scrag in English:


Syllabification: scrag
Pronunciation: /skraɡ

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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