He comes to help with the boys on the weekends and his job is to run them ragged.
We are sitting in a ragged park behind a McDonalds restaurant on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital.
The next day, Bill was gleeful in recounting how he ran Richard and Tony ragged.
Beneath the layers of hurt, beneath the ragged laughter, I heard awillingness to endure.
The creation has a feathery train and a ragged flow of ruffled panels, which create the body of the dress and extend to the floor.
He did not undress, but slept just as he was, with a ragged coat for a coverlet.
After a month of toil and suffering, ragged and emaciate he at midnight reached the settlement.
Peasants and ragged soldiers hung about the passage, and black-coated Jewish-looking men hurried in and out.
He seemed to be a ragged sort of fellow, so far as I could make out.
For every three ragged old women you will see two ragged old men, praying and moaning like the females.
"rough, shaggy," c.1300, past participle adjective as though from a verb form of rag (n.). Cf. Latin pannosus "ragged, wrinkly," from pannus "piece of cloth." But the word might reflect a broader, older meaning; perhaps from or reinforced by Old Norse raggaðr "shaggy," via Old English raggig "shaggy, bristly, rough" (which, Barnhart writes, "was almost surely developed from Scandinavian"). Of clothes, early 14c.; of persons, late 14c. To run (someone) ragged is from 1915. Related: Raggedly; raggedness.
scrap of cloth, early 14c., probably from Old Norse rögg "shaggy tuft," earlier raggw-, or possibly from Old Danish rag (see rug), or a back-formation from ragged, It also may represent an unrecorded Old English cognate of Old Norse rögg. Watkins traces the Old Norse word through Proto-Germanic *rawwa-, from PIE root *reue- "to smash, knock down, tear up, uproot" (see rough (adj.)).
As an insulting term for "newspaper, magazine" it dates from 1734; slang for "tampon, sanitary napkin" is attested from 1930s (on the rag "menstruating" is from 1948). Rags "personal clothing" is from 1855 (singular), American English. Rags-to-riches "rise from poverty to wealth" is attested by 1896. Rag-picker is from 1860; rag-shop from 1829.
"scold," 1739, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Danish dialectal rag "grudge." Related: Ragged; ragging. Cf. bullyrag, ballarag "intimidate" (1807).