Значение идиомы take by the scruff

[take by the scruff] {v. phr.} 1. To assert authority over aperson.

Tim’s mother took him by the scruff and told him to getcleaned up.

2. To punish a person.

The boss took us by the scruffwhen he found us chatting idly by the coffee machine.

3. To assumefirm control over a job or a situation that has been causing somedifficulty.

Someone had better take the post office by the scruff;there are too many customer complaints pouring in.

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