Etymology
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scrag (n.)

1540s, "lean person or animal, a raw-bones;" perhaps from a Scandinavian source (compare Norwegian skragg "a lean person;" dialectal Swedish skraka "a great, dry tree; a long, lean man," skragge "old and torn thing," Danish skrog "hull of a ship; carcass," Icelandic skröggr, a nickname of the fox); perhaps from the same source as shrink.

By 1640s as "lean end of a cut of meat," hence "neck" (18c.) and thence a range of slang verbal terms for "to strangle, to hang; to kill" in 19c.-20c.

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Definitions of scrag
1
scrag (n.)
a person who is unusually thin and scrawny;
Synonyms: thin person / skin and bones
scrag (n.)
lean end of the neck;
scrag (n.)
the lean end of a neck of veal;
Synonyms: scrag end
2
scrag (v.)
strangle with an iron collar;
Synonyms: garrote / garrotte / garotte
scrag (v.)
wring the neck of;
Synonyms: choke
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