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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She said: "Every time we would stop or go slow he would drag us by the scruff of our neck, put our heads in dog poos and make us do sit-ups.
If we won't face up, they grab us by the scruff of our necks and shake us into attention.