Definitions

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  • adj. Rough with irregular points or a broken surface; scraggy.
  • adj. Lean and rough; scraggy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rough with irregular points, or a broken surface; scraggy.
  • adj. Lean and rough; scraggy.

from The 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.

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Examples

  • '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.

    The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'

  • "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.

    The Romany Rye

  • More to the point, he could have readily got scragged or lost the ball over the line.

    Six Nations 2011: England beginning to show signs of dangerous purpose| Richard Williams

  • 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.

    Matthew Yglesias » In Defense of The “Louisiana Purchase”

  • 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.

    England revel in exuberance of Ben Youngs after beating Australia

  • We was vastly entertained—why, we did not even take it amiss when no one got scragged that day.

    THE TIME QUAKE

  • Then came a youngish woman, adorned with the popular scragged-back hairstyle that some cruel souls call a 'council-house facelift'.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • “And there is Theodore, who was just going to have his hair cropped to be scragged at four this afternoon!” cried

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • “Why, it means that he is to be scragged today or tomorrow.”

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • 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.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

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