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

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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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References in classic literature ?
But I am going now to keep a sharp look-out on him; and if I see anything very suspicious going on, I'll just take him by the nape of his neck, and say --Look here, Beelzebub, you don't do it; and if he makes any fuss, by the Lord I'll make a grab into his pocket for his tail, take it to the capstan, and give him such a wrenching and heaving, that his tail will come short off at the stump --do you see; and then, I rather guess when he finds himself docked in that queer fashion, he'll sneak off without the poor satisfaction of feeling his tail between his legs.
Meanwhile, in the ballet style dance, Ariana is seen holding Breezy by the nape of his neck.