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"scruff" in British English

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scruffnoun

uk   us   /skrʌf/
  • scruff noun (NECK)

by the scruff of the/your neck by the ​skin at the back of the ​neck: Cats ​carrytheirkittens by the scruff of the ​neck. I took/​grabbed him by the scruff of his ​neck and ​threw him out of the ​hall.
  • scruff noun (PERSON)

[C] UK informal a ​dirty and ​untidyperson: I ​feel a ​bit of a scruff in my ​jeans.
(Definition of scruff from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scruffnoun

 us   /skrʌf/
the scruff of your neck the scruff of ​yourneck the back of ​yourneck: She ​grabbed the ​dog by the scruff of his ​neck and ​hung on to him.
(Definition of scruff from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “scruff”
in Spanish cogote, pescuezo…
in Vietnamese gáy, cần cổ…
in Malaysian dengan memegang tengkuk…
in Thai หลังคอ, ต้นคอ…
in French peau (du cou)…
in German das Genick…
in Chinese (Simplified) 颈…
in Indonesian belakang leher binatang…
in Chinese (Traditional) 頸…
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