[boo l-ee-rag]
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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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Examples from the Web for bullyrag

Historical Examples of bullyrag

  • Then we watched them go and bullyrag Jake; because we was pretty uneasy for him.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Do you remember how you used to bullyrag me about my coat and your bridge?

    End of the Tether

    Joseph Conrad

  • I've seen him bullyrag a poor devil in the box until he caused him to say just what he wanted.

    Step Lively!

    George Niblo

  • The new clothes I ordered never came home, and I had to go and bullyrag the tailor.

    Miser Farebrother (vol 2 of 3)

    Benjamin Leopold Farjeon

  • He was a born boss, and loved to command, and to jaw and dispute with inferiors and harry them and bullyrag them.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for bullyrag


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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