The back of a person’s or animal’s neck: he grabbed him by the scruff of his neck
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- The latter song further displayed M.E's new found audience sympathy by dragging a bouncer from the mosh pit by the scruff of his neck for starting on a fan who'd been getting a bit carried away.
- SAC has never taken the Fringe by the scruff of its neck and said, ‘How can we use it for our own purposes?’
- Plus, any band who produce We Care A Lot, a brutally fun hymn for the apathy generation is bound to grab any world-weary fifteen year old by the scruff of the neck.
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late 18th century: alteration of dialect scuff, of obscure origin.