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scruff

[skrəf]
(metallurgy)
A mixture of tin oxide and iron-tin alloy formed as dross on a molten tin-coating bath.
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When he had come alongside I grasped the scruff of his neck, and after a considerable struggle, in which I several times came near to over-turning the canoe, I managed to drag him aboard, where he shook himself vigorously and squatted down before me.
To hear you talk," said Irais, "no one would ever imagine that you dream away your days in a garden with a book, and that you never in your life seized anything by the scruff of its neck.
If you had been a man, you would have made a good lawyer-- you would have taken juries by the scruff of their necks.
She saw his wrath, as he held Punch by the scruff of the neck.
All turned in surprise toward this new speaker, to behold a very well-built young man urging a resisting captive toward them by the scruff of his neck.
A man's hand reached over a canoe-side and dragged him in by the scruff of the neck, and, although he snarled and struggled to bite his rescuer, he was not so much enraged as was he torn by the wildest solicitude for Skipper.