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: by, neck, of, scruff

by the scruff of somebody’s/the ˈneck

(hold somebody or an animal) by the back of the neck: The barman took her by the scruff of the neck and threw her out.
See also: by, neck, of, scruff
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"To hear you talk," said Irais, "no one would ever imagine that you dream away your days in a garden with a book, and that you never in your life seized anything by the scruff of its neck. And what is scruff?
It's unacceptable that no solution has been found to date or that nobody wants to grab the situation by the scruff of its neck.
From loon chicks hitching a piggyback ride, to a kangaroo joey in its mother's pocket, to a lion cub carried by the scruff of its neck, each picture shows a different mode of travel--as opposed to human toddlers, who can move about on a bike or a wagon!
When a ranger on a motorbike startled them, she picked it up by the scruff of its neck and carried it away.
An impatient Evans said: "It's about time someone took this League by the scruff of its neck, and why not us?