Meaning of “scruff” in the English Dictionary

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"scruff" in British English

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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)

"scruff" in American English

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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)