1. in senses of verbal or physical harassment [despite chronology, presumably link to rag n.1 (3b); ? abbr. bullyrag v.] .
(a) to scold, to talk severely to.
|Sessions Papers June cited in DSUE (1984) 955/1: On Monday night Bird and Clark came to their House to ragg (scold) her Grandfather for what he had talk’d of concerning them.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: to Rag, to Scold, or give abusive Language. She gave him a good Ragging or Ragged him off Heartily. Perhaps from tearing his Character to Rags.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: To Rag. To abuse, and tear to rags the characters of the persons abused. She gave him a good ragging, or ragged him off heartily.|
|Pettyfogger Dramatized II i: He ragged me confoundedly, and, to be sure, I deserved it.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|Vocabulum 72: ragged Abused; slandered.|
|Vice Versa (1931) 257: You’re right there, sir, [...] he ought to be well ragged for it .|
|Many Inventions [TBD]: The captain had come up anf was raggin’ me about my tunic bein’ tore.‘His Private Honour’ in|
|Chimmie Fadden and Mr Paul 103: [She] cops us. My, my! But she ragged us good.|
|Harrovians 16: He thinks he can rag you as much as he likes when you can’t answer back.|
|Inimitable Jeeves 84: She’s the kind of woman who comes and rags you before breakfast.|
|Free To Love 15: Now see here, Kit, if your gonna rag me – can’t stan’ – it.|
|End as a Man (1952) 143: He was going to be here at nine. To rag you for writing me a dirty letter.|
|Complete Molesworth (1985) 351: He is a perfect gent [...] and I would never dreme of ragging him.|
|CUSS 180: Angry. Constantly complaining and irritable.et al.|
|(con. 1967) Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 52: I don’t think I could take some cocksucker hovering over me like that, ragging at me about my every move.|
|Homeboy 208: Shitefire, she ragged herself, you’ve heard enough men protest no strings.|
|Midnight Lightning 35: He [...] never tired of ragging younger players, and even Eric Clapton, about the heresy of inadequate rhythm guitar skills.|
(b) (also rag on) to annoy, to tease (esp. in context of school or university).
|Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 248: Truce with your ragging, Dick [...] I’m not in the humour at all.|
|Four Years at Yale 46: Rag, to overcome and entirely use up an opponent or rival.|
|N&Q Ser. 7 VI 38: To rag a man is good Lincolnshire for chaff or tease [F&H].|
|Mop Fair 170: He so ragged the bear that it shouted, ‘Aisy, Mick, yue something fool!’.|
|Lighter Side of School Life 98: They will not dare to rag a prefect.|
|Madcap of the School 11: ‘You needn’t look so incredulous. I’m not ragging’.|
|Jim Maitland (1953) 74: You’ve got guts; you’ve got nerve, and I want to apologise here and now for ragging you.|
|(con. WWI) Wings on My Feet 21: Well, boys pulled him up but sho’ did rag life out of ’im.|
|Family from One End Street 18: She got ragged as it was now she’d begun to go to school.|
|Capt. Bulldog Drummond 105: Yours very sincerely [...] makes up his mind to rag the stand-offish Drummond.|
|Jennings Goes To School 67: Mr. Wilkins could not stand being ragged.|
|Diaries 2 Jan. 205: I was ragging Bett M[arsden] a lot, and felt v. guilty after.|
|North Dallas Forty 203: I loved to rag him.|
|G’DAY 44: Darlene is nine months gone, and Mr Foster is [...] really dirty on her for getting preggers and all his mates are ragging him about it.|
|Totally True Diaries of an Eighties Roller Queen [Internet] 30 Apr. Kerrie wasn’t at school today and Gary was really ragging. Sometimes he can be a real prick.|
|Sweet La-La Land (1999) 97: Otherwise he’d get on his ass and start ragging him and making small of him.|
|Mad mag. Dec. 35: Think I want to see those fat, bald losers? I would. It’d be fun to rag on ’em.|
|Sun. Times (London) 16 Oct. [Internet] Seventy years later he watches ‘loutish Tories’ ragging Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons.|
(c) to attack, to cause trouble; in context, to rob.
|DN II:i 54: rag, v. To steal.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|Awaydays 11: Everyone seems pretty intent on ragging the town come what may. [Ibid.] 42: They’d stayed on the train until Stoke and ragged the shops in Hanley.|
|Outlaws (ms.) 90: We got together afterwards and ragged them.|
(d) (US campus) to talk nonsense.
|DN II:i 54: rag, v. To talk nonsense.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
(e) to fight, to beat up; to manhandle.
|Gem 18 Nov. 27: Tom Merry faced the raggers. ‘Before you rag him, you’ll have to rag me!’ he said.|
|Urban Grimshaw 58: She kicked Tyson across the room and ragged the kids off the pile, one by one.|
(f) (UK juv.) to create disorder.
|Harrovians 47: They give privs to understand that they can rag mildly if only they stop other blokes.|
(g) to argue over a topic, to wrangle.
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 119: She was tired of sitting down to a Sunday dinner and being forced to listen to this interminable ragging.Young Lonigan in|
(h) (US) to gossip.
|Queens’ Vernacular 167: rag [...] 3. (fr colloq chew the rag) to gossip, criticize, speak badly of one absent.|
|Random Family 50: Miranda and another worker were ragging about George’s predilection for expensive silk shirts.|
(i) to complain.
|Campus Sl. Fall 5: rag – to complain bitterly.|
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] rag v [...] 3. to complain. (‘Stop ragging about that!’).|
(j) to question closely, to interrogate.
|Stalker (2001) 93: ‘If you keep raggin’ like that, maybe not.’ She shrugged. ‘Just asked a simple question.’.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 303: Don’t rag the suicide scenario, don’t risk your pension pack.‘Hot-Prowl Rape-O’ in|
2. to share, esp. to divide up the proceeds of a crime; thus go rags, to share out [? SE rag, to tear in pieces].
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn) 198: RAG, to divide or share; ‘let’s rag it,’ or go rags, i.e., share it equally between us.|
3. with ref. to menstruation.
(a) to menstruate.
|CUSS 180: Rag it Be menstruating.et al.|
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] rag v 1. to menstruate. (‘I’ve been ragging since Tuesday, and I feel horrible!’) 2. to stain with menses. (‘Oh, man, I ragged my pants.’).|
(b) to be irritable.
|Campus Sl. Apr. 3: rag – to be irritable: Don’t talk to her, she’s ragging.|
4. (US black) to dress (fashionably).
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 94: Babes flocked to guys who ragged hard.|
(UK Und.) underworld cant.
|Manchester Courier 29 June 2/3: Stop, stop [...] remember where you are; chaff and patter romany or ragflash, but no blazey.|
1. (US) to nag, to criticize.
|Campus Sl. Mar. 8: rag on – belittle, insult, tease.|
|Way Past Cool 230: Deek was raggin on his bodyguard bout bein late for some kinda payoff clear cross town.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 131: Carlos ragged on Guy B. Guy drank too much. Guy talked too much. Guy loved his blowhard pal Hank Hudspeth.|
2. see sense 1b above.
to abuse verbally.
|Totally True Diaries of an Eighties Roller Queen [Internet] 26 June Tracey is mad at me. Her mom ragged out on me over the phone.|
to threaten; thus n. rag-talk, a whining plea.
|Fever Kill 63: Now he was going to rag talk. You can’t spook a guy who’s taken your gun away.|
|What It Is 66: He went on giving the same rag-talk over the payphone in the city.|
|Blood from Angels’ Wings 53: Do you care more about a hip-hop doggie-drop skank-weed rag-talk than about the truth?!|