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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Target: North American Phoenix Energy Services (NAPES)
NAPEs are synthesized and secreted into the blood by the small intestine after fatty foods are eaten.
The researchers found that mice and rats injected regularly with NAPEs ate less food and lost weight.
The team will first study non-human primates to determine if NAPE concentrations increase in a similar fashion after fat ingestion.
Apparently the sport really took off in 1886 when W P Haskett Smith became the first man to climb Napes Needle in the Lake District.