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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.
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Much better for a company to embrace the law in advance, rather than wait to be dragged into line by the scruff of its neck.
The dog issued a piercing wail as he snatched it by the scruff of its neck.
It felt like he really grabbed the film by the scruff of its neck and said, we're going to get this film made.