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scruffnoun

uk   /skrʌf/  us   /skrʌf/
  • scruff noun (NECK)

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.
  • scruff noun (PERSON)

[C] UK informal a dirty and untidy person: 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 your neck the back of your neck: 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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