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[boo l-ee-rag] /ˈbʊl iˌræg/
verb (used with object), bullyragged, bullyragging.
to bully; harass:
to bullyrag fraternity plebs.
Also, ballyrag.
Origin of bullyrag
1780-90; earlier ballarag, of obscure origin
Related forms
bullyragger, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bullyrag
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  • The new clothes I ordered never came home, and I had to go and bullyrag the tailor.

    Miser Farebrother (vol 2 of 3) Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
  • He was a born boss, and loved to command, and to jaw and dispute with inferiors and harry them and bullyrag them.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Then we watched them go and bullyrag Jake; because we was pretty uneasy for him.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • bullyrag, to abuse or scold vehemently; to swindle one out of money by intimidation and sheer abuse.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Do you remember how you used to bullyrag me about my coat and your bridge?

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • On Sunday he allowed Mrs. Davis to bullyrag him into a tentative engagement.

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon
  • I've seen him bullyrag a poor devil in the box until he caused him to say just what he wanted.

    Step Lively! George Niblo
  • Dared you break the crust and bullyrag 'em—hot, fierce and angry, what wide beaks buzz plain Saxon as ever spoke Witenagemot!

    Figures of Earth James Branch Cabell
British Dictionary definitions for bullyrag


verb -rags, -ragging, -ragged
(transitive) to bully, esp by means of cruel practical jokes Also ballyrag
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for bullyrag



To harass or bully: bullyrag the substitute teacher

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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