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[boo l-ee-rag]
verb (used with object), bul·ly·ragged, bul·ly·rag·ging.
  1. to bully; harass: to bullyrag fraternity plebs.
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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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Historical Examples

  • But to me there is too much horse-play, too much ruffianism and "bully-ragging."

    Suspended Judgments

    John Cowper Powys

  • "This is bully-ragging," Judge Longenecker remarked to the court.

  • Then began, as each candidate came forward, a process which I can only describe as "bully-ragging."

  • The bully-ragging, long-winded collection letter has no place in self-respecting business.

  • Even such patience is better than loud grumbling in a tavern-hall, and vociferous "bully-ragging" of servants.

British Dictionary definitions for bully-ragging


verb -rags, -ragging or -ragged
  1. (tr) to bully, esp by means of cruel practical jokesAlso: ballyrag
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Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin
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