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Definition of rag
- Rag n
- A small piece of cloth or paper [syn: {shred}, {tag}, {tag end}, {tatter}]
- A week at British universities during which side-shows and processions of floats are organized to raise money for charities [syn: {rag week}]
- Music with a syncopated melody (usually for the piano) [syn: {ragtime}]
- Newspaper with half-size pages [syn: {tabloid}, {sheet}]
- A boisterous practical joke (especially by college students) v
- Treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher" [syn: {torment}, {bedevil}, {crucify}, {dun}, {frustrate}]
- Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves" [syn: {annoy}, {get to}, {bother}, {get at}, {irritate}, {rile}, {nark}, {nettle}, {gravel}, {vex}, {chafe}, {devil}]
- Play in ragtime; "rag that old tune"
- Harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie" [syn: {tease}, {razz}, {cod}, {tantalize}, {tantalise}, {bait}, {taunt}, {twit}, {rally}, {ride}]
- Censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup" [syn: {call on the carpet}, {rebuke}, {trounce}, {reproof}, {lecture}, {reprimand}, {jaw}, {dress down}, {call down}, {scold}, {chide}, {berate}, {bawl out}, {remonstrate}, {chew out}, {chew up}, {have words}, {lambaste}, {lambast}]
- Break into lumps before sorting; "rag ore" [also: {ragging}, {ragged}]
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