I. noun Etymology: perhaps alteration of 2crag Date: 1542 1. a rawboned or scrawny person or animal 2. a. the lean end of a neck of mutton or veal — called also scrag end b. neck II. transitive verb (scragged; scragging) Date: 1752 1. a. to execute by hanging or garroting b. to wring the neck of 2. a. choke b. manhandle 1 c. kill, murder

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  • Scrag — Scrag, v. t. [Cf. {Scrag}.] To seize, pull, or twist the neck of; specif., to hang by the neck; to kill by hanging. [Colloq.] An enthusiastic mob will scrag me to a certainty the day war breaks out. Pall Mall Mag. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scrag — (skr[a^]g), n. [Cf. dial. Sw. skraka a great dry tree, a long, lean man, Gael. sgreagach dry, shriveled, rocky. See {Shrink}, and cf. {Scrog}, {Shrag}, n.] 1. Something thin, lean, or rough; a bony piece; especially, a bony neckpiece of meat;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scrag|gy — scrag|gy1 «SKRAG ee», adjective, gi|er, gi|est. 1. having little flesh; lean; thin; bony: »... his sinewy, scraggy neck (Scott). SYNONYM( …   Useful english dictionary

  • Scrag — can refer to:*Global Rocket 1 *A monster, also referred to as a wizard , in the 1996 computer game Quake *A type of aquatic troll in Dungeons Dragons …   Wikipedia

  • scrag — (n.) 1540s, lean person or animal, a raw bones; perhaps from a Scandinavian source (Cf. Norw. skragg a lean person, dialectal Swed. skragge old and torn thing, Dan. skrog hull, carcass ); perhaps related to SHRINK (Cf. shrink) …   Etymology dictionary

  • scrag — ► VERB (scragged, scragging) informal, chiefly Brit. ▪ handle roughly; beat up. ► NOUN 1) an unattractively thin person or animal. 2) archaic, informal the neck. ORIGIN perhaps an alteration of Scots and northern English crag «neck» …   English terms dictionary

  • scrag — [skrag] n. [prob. < ON, as in Norw skragg, feeble, stunted person, Dan skrog, ON skröggr, fox (nickname) < IE base * (s)ker , to shrivel, shrink] 1. a lean, scrawny person or animal 2. a thin, stunted tree or plant 3. the neck, or back of… …   English World dictionary

  • scrag — [skrseg] 1. n. the neck. (Underworld.) □ The cop grabbed him by the scrag and pushed him along to the squad car. □ It’s gonna be your scrag in the noose when this hing’s over. 2. tv. to kill someone or something. (Originally underworld to… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • scrag — 1. noun a) A thin or scrawny person or animal. b) The lean end of a neck of mutton; the scrag end. 2. verb a) To harass, to …   Wiktionary

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