Scrag 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; hence, humorously or in contempt, the neck. [1913 Webster]

Lady MacScrew, who . . . serves up a scrag of mutton on silver. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

2. A rawboned person. [Low] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

3. A ragged, stunted tree or branch. [1913 Webster]

{Scrag whale} (Zo["o]l.), a North Atlantic whalebone whale ({Agaphelus gibbosus}). By some it is considered the young of the right whale. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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

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  • 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 — 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 ( …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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