American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A bony or scrawny person or animal.
- n. A piece of lean or bony meat, especially a neck of mutton.
- n. Slang The human neck.
- v. Slang To wring the neck of; strangle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crooked branch.
- n. Something thin or lean, and at the same time rough.
- n. A scraggy or scrawny person.
- n. A scrag-whale.
- n. A remnant, or refuse part; specifically, the neck, or a piece of the neck, of beef or mutton.
- Scragged or scraggy: said of whales.
- To put to death by hanging; hang.
- n. archaic The lean end of a neck of mutton; the scrag end.
- n. archaic The neck, especially of a sheep.
- n. Scotland A scrog.
- n. Australia, slang, derogatory A rough or unkempt woman.
- v. obsolete (colloquial) To hang on a gallows, or to strangle or garotte or choke.
- v. To harass, to manhandle
- v. To kill or destroy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Something thin, lean, or rough; a bony piece; especially, a bony neckpiece of meat; hence, humorously or in contempt, the neck.
- n. Low A rawboned person.
- n. A ragged, stunted tree or branch.
- v. colloq. To seize, pull, or twist the neck of; specif., to hang by the neck; to kill by hanging.
- v. strangle with an iron collar
- n. lean end of the neck
- n. the lean end of a neck of veal
- v. wring the neck of
- n. a person who is unusually thin and scrawny
- Perhaps related to Norwegian skragg (a lean person), dialectical Swedish skragge (old and torn thing), Danish skrog (hull, carcass); perhaps related to shrink. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from dialectal crag, neck, from Middle English cragge, from Middle Dutch crāghe, throat. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Fore quarter: No. 3, the shoulder; 4 and 5 the neck; No. 5 being called, for distinction, the scrag, which is generally afterwards separated from 4, the lower and better joint;”
“Inferior cuts of mutton can be used advantageously for this dish, such as scrag-end or breast of mutton; the bones and gristle with long stewing give a nice flavor to the dish.”
“At the scrag-end of a long thread I quoted Gary Jacobson writing on the 1994 election.”
“On the black scrag piles, where the loose cords plop”
“Also in a quite untimely manner given that Halloween was a week ago; and that I'm clinging on tight to the scrag end of my late-30s with very slippy hands.”
“Where Dedham in Essex now has cars mounting pavements and each other in profusion, 1958 saw just one Fordson van in the street, probably delivering scrag end to the vicar's wife.”
“Hunt for the spirit of the coming ruction and try to scrag it!”
“Well, the lion may be old, mister, but he ain't dead, and he can still take you by your dirty neck and scrag you like the rat you are!”
“It wasnt an old lady Provolone, it was a young scrag who was rubbin her tits through her cheap polyester body warmer thinkin she was hot and the fat guy was gettin off on it, then he OWNED her and she looked embarassed byut she did it again anyway:/”
“He had a bushy scrag-end of a beard that he "couldn't be arsed" to trim, and his cheeks were blistered from where the bitter winds had rubbed them raw.”
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