by the scruff of the neck

by the scruff of the neck
by the scruff of the/someone’s/neck phrase
by the back of the neck

He grabbed the boy by the scruff of his neck.

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Main entry: scruff

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by the scruff of the/sb's ˈneck idiom
roughly holding the back of an animal's or person's neck

She grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and threw him out.

Main entry:scruffidiom

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