Origin of rag doll
Examples from the Web for rag-doll
Historical Examples of rag-doll
On the tenth of that month the Child of the Millionaire lost her rag-doll.Strictly Business
Gay clamored to go, but was pacified by the gift of a rag-doll that Samantha had made for her the evening before.Timothy's Quest
Kate Douglas Wiggin
There she heard him giving vent to his emotions in subdued whining and growling and in much worrying and tearing of the rag-doll.The Fate of Felix Brand
Florence Finch Kelly
Well,” said her mother, “you could at least make the girl a rag-doll like those you made for the orphans last winter.
Out of her traveling-bag she took sewing implements, and in a short time Ethel was busily engaged in fashioning a 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]