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rag doll

a stuffed doll, especially of cloth.
1850-55 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rag doll
  • She was limp, a rag doll, the left side of her face mostly torn off.
  • Imagine yourself a rag doll and with arms hanging loosely by your side, begin to shake your hands.
Idioms and Phrases with rag doll

rag doll

A limp, ineffectual person, as in You won't get a decision from her; she's a rag doll when it comes to making up her mind. This expression transfers the limpness of a soft doll made from scraps of cloth to human behavior. [ Mid-1800s ]
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