- to bully; harass: to bullyrag fraternity plebs.
Origin of bullyrag
First recorded in 1780–90; earlier ballarag, of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for bully-ragging
But to me there is too much horse-play, too much ruffianism and "bully-ragging."Suspended Judgments
John Cowper Powys
"This is bully-ragging," Judge Longenecker remarked to the court.The Crime of the Century
Henry M. Hunt
Then began, as each candidate came forward, a process which I can only describe as "bully-ragging."Glimpses into the Abyss
The bully-ragging, long-winded collection letter has no place in self-respecting business.How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)
Mary Owens Crowther
Even such patience is better than loud grumbling in a tavern-hall, and vociferous "bully-ragging" of servants.
- (tr) to bully, esp by means of cruel practical jokesAlso: ballyrag
C18: of unknown origin
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