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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
First recorded in 1780-90; earlier ballarag, of obscure origin
Related forms
bullyragger, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bullyrag
Historical Examples
  • Then we watched them go and bullyrag Jake; because we was pretty uneasy for him.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Do you remember how you used to bullyrag me about my coat and your bridge?

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • 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
  • 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)
  • bullyrag, to abuse or scold vehemently; to swindle one out of money by intimidation and sheer abuse.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • 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
  • On Sunday he allowed Mrs. Davis to bullyrag him into a tentative engagement.

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon
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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