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

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • With its dying lunge the thing got to him and tossed him ten feet like a rag doll.

    Cat and Mouse Ralph Williams
  • Clasped to her breast by her two waxen hands was a rag doll.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • He was all crumpled up like a rag doll and still shaking like a leaf in the wind.

    Red Dynamite Roy J. Snell
  • She hesitated a moment and then gave into them her chiefest possession—her rag doll.

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • Little Marianne, with her rag doll in her arms, began to run after them.

    Just Sixteen. Susan Coolidge
  • For all that the rag doll didn't think he was coming just then.

  • “I know it, and it was too bad of me to laugh at you,” answered the rag doll.

  • Over her head swung the legless form of a rag doll, twirling in the wind.

    Old Kensington Miss Thackeray
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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