Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Rough with irregular points or a broken surface; full of asperities or surface irregularities; scraggy; ragged.
- Lean; thin and bony; showing angularity of form; lacking in plumpness; ill-conditioned.
GNU Webster's 1913
“I told you that my grandfather was a shorter,' said the jockey, 'by which is meant a gentleman who shortens or reduces the current coin of these realms, for which practice he was scragged, that is, hung by the scrag of the neck.”
“I told you that my grandfather was a shorter," said the jockey, "by which is meant a gentleman who shortens or reduces the current coin of these realms, for which practice he was scragged, that is, hung by the scrag of the neck.”
“More to the point, he could have readily got scragged or lost the ball over the line.”
“Actually, he wanted to rebuild the French empire in America and gave up after his expeditionary force got wiped out by the Haitians and his navy got scragged by the British at Trafalgar.”
“In almost the same breath, Youngs suggested that the England management might not have been so forgiving had he been scragged, which would have spared Will Genia's blushes after the Wallaby scrum-half had cut unwisely back inside and been turned over by Flood and Palmer.”
“We was vastly entertained—why, we did not even take it amiss when no one got scragged that day.”
“Then came a youngish woman, adorned with the popular scragged-back hairstyle that some cruel souls call a 'council-house facelift'.”
““And there is Theodore, who was just going to have his hair cropped to be scragged at four this afternoon!” cried”
““Why, it means that he is to be scragged today or tomorrow.””
“I promised your poor Auguste that you should be happy; he wanted to make you a rich woman, and he got scragged for your sake.”
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