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[rah] /rɑ/
(used as an exclamation of encouragement to a player or team.)
Origin of rah
1865-70; short for hurrah Unabridged
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  • That seems to be about all they can do, just as if we contented ourselves with yelling ''rah for Bryan!'

    A Voyage of Consolation Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • Even the sulky Crow joined in at last with a "'rah, 'rah, 'rah!"

    Bannertail Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Eugene had previously noted the peculiarity of this rowdy, rah!

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • Seems to me what you want in those kind of songs is a lot of rah, rah, hullabaloo!

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He did neither, but gave another loud “rah for Mary Greenwater!”

  • The team was surrounded by a dense throng, and the 'rah, 'rah, 'rah was fairly deafening.

  • rah fer Mary Greenwater,” chattered old Amos, holding his reeling form up by the bar rail.

  • The eighteenth letter of the alphabet, used principally to began a college yell; thus, rah!

  • Anyway, ould Mennear pulled up short an' clinched Deb'rah by the elbow.

    The Astonishing History of Troy Town Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for rah


(informal, mainly US) short for hurrah
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rah

in cheers, 1870, a shortening of hurrah. Adjective rah-rah is attested from 1907, originally indicating college life generally, later enthusiastic cheerleading.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Referred with Amendments House [of Representatives]
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