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scruff

noun (NECK)    /skrʌf/
by the scruff of the/your neck by the skin at the back of the neck: Cats carry their kittens by the scruff of the neck. I took/grabbed him by the scruff of his neck and threw him out of the hall.The head and neck of non-human animals
(Definition of scruff noun (NECK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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