[boo l-ee-rag]
Also ballyrag.

Origin of bullyrag

First recorded in 1780–90; earlier ballarag, of obscure origin
Related formsbul·ly·rag·ger, noun
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verb -rags, -ragging or -ragged
  1. (tr) to bully, esp by means of cruel practical jokesAlso: ballyrag

Word Origin for bullyrag

C18: of unknown origin
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