by the scruff of (one's)/its/the neck

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by the scruff of (one's)/its/the neck

By the back of the neck (of a person or animal). My mom was so mad that she grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and hauled me into my room to be grounded. I had to yank the cat out from under the floorboards by the scruff of its neck. The boss took John by the scruff of his neck and warned him never to do something so foolish again.
See also: neck, of, scruff
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Footage showed Bale stroking Lola, and then looking around before picking her up by the scruff of her neck and dropping her in the bin and then walking off.
A TEACHER has been suspended after claims she dragged a seven-year-old girl across a classroom by the scruff of her neck.