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rag doll

a stuffed doll, especially of cloth.
Origin of rag doll
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This driver looked for all the world like a rag doll dressed in a coachman's uniform.

    Dot and Tot of Merryland L. Frank Baum
  • With its dying lunge the thing got to him and tossed him ten feet like a rag doll.

    Cat and Mouse Ralph Williams
  • By and by a pleasant lady thought she would make a rag doll for the little traveler.

    Modern Americans Chester Sanford
  • Clasped to her breast by her two waxen hands was a rag doll.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • “I know it, and it was too bad of me to laugh at you,” answered the rag doll.

  • That child was already sorrowing and crying enough over the rag doll.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • Worthington Ko flew backward like a rag doll and slid along the limestone floor.

    The Caves of Fear John Blaine
  • He was all crumpled up like a rag doll and still shaking like a leaf in the wind.

    Red Dynamite Roy J. Snell
  • Forgetting everything else in the happiness of her find, Marcella caught up the rag doll and ran downstairs to show it to Grandma.

    Raggedy Ann Stories Johnny Gruelle
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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