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[rag] /ræg/
verb (used with object), ragged, ragging.
1.
to scold.
2.
to subject to a teasing, especially in an intense or prolonged way (often followed by on):
Some of the boys were ragging on him about his haircut.
3.
British. to torment with jokes; play crude practical jokes on.
noun
4.
British. an act of ragging.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for rag on

rag1

/ræɡ/
noun
1.
  1. a small piece of cloth, such as one torn from a discarded garment, or such pieces of cloth collectively
  2. (as modifier): a rag doll, a rag book, rag paper
2.
a fragmentary piece of any material; scrap; shred
3.
(informal) a newspaper or other journal, esp one considered as worthless, sensational, etc
4.
(informal) an item of clothing
5.
(informal) a handkerchief
6.
(Brit, slang) especially (nautical) a flag or ensign
7.
lose one's rag, to lose one's temper suddenly
See also rags
Word Origin
C14: probably back formation from ragged, from Old English raggig; related to Old Norse rögg tuft

rag2

/ræɡ/
verb (transitive) rags, ragging, ragged
1.
to draw attention facetiously and persistently to the shortcomings or alleged shortcomings of (a person)
2.
(Brit) to play rough practical jokes on
noun
3.
(Brit) a boisterous practical joke, esp one on a fellow student
4.
(in British universities)
  1. a period, usually a week, in which various events are organized to raise money for charity, including a procession of decorated floats and tableaux
  2. (as modifier): rag day
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin

rag3

/ræɡ/
noun
1.
a piece of ragtime music
verb rags, ragging, ragged
2.
(transitive) to compose or perform in ragtime
Word Origin
C20: shortened from ragtime

rag4

/ræɡ/
noun
1.
a roofing slate that is rough on one side
Word Origin
C13: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for rag on

rag

n.

scrap of cloth, early 14c., probably from Old Norse rögg "shaggy tuft," earlier raggw-, or possibly from Old Danish rag (see rug), or a back-formation from ragged, It also may represent an unrecorded Old English cognate of Old Norse rögg. Watkins traces the Old Norse word through Proto-Germanic *rawwa-, from PIE root *reue- "to smash, knock down, tear up, uproot" (see rough (adj.)).

As an insulting term for "newspaper, magazine" it dates from 1734; slang for "tampon, sanitary napkin" is attested from 1930s (on the rag "menstruating" is from 1948). Rags "personal clothing" is from 1855 (singular), American English. Rags-to-riches "rise from poverty to wealth" is attested by 1896. Rag-picker is from 1860; rag-shop from 1829.

v.

"scold," 1739, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Danish dialectal rag "grudge." Related: Ragged; ragging. Cf. bullyrag, ballarag "intimidate" (1807).

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Slang definitions & phrases for rag on

rag on

verb phrase

To disparage; strongly deprecate; trash: Ivey, who was hosting the show, began ragging on him/ He overheard Mel ragging on one of his shots (1980s+ Students)


rag

noun
  1. An article of clothing: She got into her rags (1855+)
  2. A tent (1940s+ Circus)
  3. The pennant awarded to the annual winner of a league championship (1908+ Baseball)
  4. A newspaper or magazine, esp one that the speaker does not like: This so-called revolutionary organ is a horrible rag (1734+)
  5. ragtime (1897+)
  6. A piece of ragtime music (1897+)
verb
  1. To play in a ragtime style: The street bands ragged a tune by taking one note and putting two or three in its place (1897+)
  2. To tease; banter disparagingly with; needle, ride: Sometimes we'd rag one another in the rough manner that is safe only for friends (1808+)
Related Terms

the big rag, damp rag, glad rags


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Idioms and Phrases with rag on

rag

In addition to the idiom beginning with
rag
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