scrag

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scrag wring the neck of "The man choked his opponent"
    • v scrag strangle with an iron collar "people were garrotted during the Inquisition in Spain"
    • n scrag the lean end of a neck of veal
    • n scrag lean end of the neck
    • n scrag a person who is unusually thin and scrawny
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scrag A ragged, stunted tree or branch.
    • Scrag A rawboned person.
    • Scrag Something thin, lean, or rough; a bony piece; especially, a bony neckpiece of meat; hence, humorously or in contempt, the neck. "Lady MacScrew, who . . . serves up a scrag of mutton on silver."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scrag A crooked branch.
    • n scrag Something thin or lean, and at the same time rough.
    • n scrag A scraggy or scrawny person.
    • n scrag A scrag-whale.
    • n scrag A remnant, or refuse part; specifically, the neck, or a piece of the neck, of beef or mutton.
    • scrag Scragged or scraggy: said of whales.
    • scrag To put to death by hanging; hang.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scrag skrag anything thin or lean and rough: the bony part of the neck
    • v.t Scrag to put to death by hanging
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. dial. Sw. skraka, a great dry tree, a long, lean man, Gael. sgreagach, dry, shriveled, rocky. See Shrink, and cf. Scrog Shrag (n.)

Usage

In literature:

I ordered the `scrag-end of the neck.
"The Fortunes of the Farrells" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
It's another matter, hows'ever, when you're goin' to scrag the men as let him off.
"Digging for Gold" by R.M. Ballantyne
No wan iver seed a scrag of her after that.
"Fort Desolation" by R.M. Ballantyne
I don't think he'd scrag me for that.
"The Golden Dream" by R.M. Ballantyne
Mr. Sedgwick has told you that I take a sporting chance of being scragged.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Either he or I should reach the scragging-post first.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
I'd like to scrag him!
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
Next week he sees us all scragged at Tyburn.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
Have you scragged the gel?
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
The scrag part is best made into a pie, or broth.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
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In poetry:

It's up the spout and Charley Wag
With wipes and tickers and what not.
Until the squeezer nips your scrag,
Booze and the blowens cop the lot.
"Villon's Straight Tip To All Cross Coves" by William Ernest Henley

In news:

Fathers' Day on Scrag Mountain.
One of my first discoveries was Scrag Mountain, the modest peak which is nonetheless the most prominent geographical feature on the east side of the valley.
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