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Scrag definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SCRAG, n. [This word is formed from the root of rag, crag, Gr. rack.]
Something thin or lean with roughness. A raw boned person is called a scrag, but the word is vulgar.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a person who is unusually thin and scrawny [syn: thin person, skin and bones, scrag] [ant: butterball, fat person, fatso, fatty, roly-poly]
2: lean end of the neck
3: the lean end of a neck of veal [syn: scrag, scrag end] v
1: strangle with an iron collar; "people were garrotted during the Inquisition in Spain" [syn: garrote, garrotte, garotte, scrag]
2: wring the neck of; "The man choked his opponent" [syn: choke, scrag]

Merriam Webster's

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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 (also scrag-end) the inferior end of a neck of mutton. 2 a skinny person or animal. 3 colloq. a person's neck. --v.tr. (scragged, scragging) sl. 1 strangle, hang. 2 seize roughly by the neck. 3 handle roughly; beat up. Etymology: perh. alt. f. dial. crag neck, rel. to MDu. craghe, MLG krage

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. Lady MacScrew, who . . . serves up a scrag of mutton on silver. --Thackeray. 2. A rawboned person. [Low] --Halliwell. 3. A ragged, stunted tree or branch. Scrag whale (Zo["o]l.), a North Atlantic whalebone whale (Agaphelus gibbosus). By some it is considered the young of the right whale.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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.

Moby Thesaurus

KO, and quarter, call off, cancel, complete, delete, dispose of, draw, drop the curtain, end off, expunge, extinguish, finalize, finish, fold up, get it over, get over with, get through with, gibbet, give the quietus, hang, kayo, kibosh, kill, knock out, liquidate, lynch, neck, noose, perfect, polish off, put paid to, rackabones, shoot down, stack of bones, stretch, string up, turn, wipe out, zap


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