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by the nape 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 nape 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 nape of its neck. The boss took John by the nape of his neck and warned him never to do something so foolish again.
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by the nape of the neck

by the back of the neck. (Mostly said in threats.) He grabbed me by the nape of the neck and told me not to turn around if I valued my life. I stood very still. If you do that again, I'll pick you up by the nape of the neck and throw you out the door.
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But, NAPE proffered far-reaching solutions to move forward the oil and gas industry.
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US researchers said experiments with mice and rats showed a naturally occurring chemical messenger called NAPE regulated how much the animals ate.
1 After washing and towel-drying your hair, take sections, beginning at the nape of the neck, and comb through some Nicky Clarke Flexible Hold Mousse.
If your face is round, keep a little length at the nape and softer around the sides.
For protection of sensitive areas, such as the ears, nape of the neck and tip of the nose, use a sunscreen with a higher SPF.
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The halo braid is a classic French plait that starts at the nape of the neck and continues from ear to ear and loops around the head - an effortlessly sexy look.
To achieve it, gather dry hair at the nape of the neck, twist it upward, and then snap on a barrette.