rag

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: rag

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n
a small piece of cloth or paper
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vn
treat cruelly
a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)
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nv
music with a syncopated melody (usually for the piano)
play in ragtime
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v
break into lumps before sorting
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n
a week at British universities during which side-shows and processions of floats are organized to raise money for charities
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: rag
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n a small piece of cloth or paper

Synonyms:
shred, tag, tag end, tatter
Types:
pine-tar rag
baseball equipment consisting of a rag soaked with pine tar; used on the handle of a baseball bat to give a batter a firm grip
Type of:
piece of cloth, piece of material
a separate part consisting of fabric

n newspaper with half-size pages

Synonyms:
sheet, tabloid
Type of:
newspaper, paper
a daily or weekly publication on folded sheets; contains news and articles and advertisements
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v treat cruelly

Synonyms:
bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, torment
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madden
drive up the wall; go on someone's nerves
hamstring
make ineffective or powerless
badger, beleaguer, bug, pester, tease
annoy persistently
oppress, persecute
cause to suffer
purge
oust politically
Type of:
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke
annoy continually or chronically

v censure severely or angrily

“The deputy ragged the Prime Minister”
Synonyms:
bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, take to task, trounce, vituperate
Types:
castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate
censure severely
brush down, tell off
reprimand
flame
criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium
Type of:
criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

v harass with persistent criticism or carping

Synonyms:
bait, cod, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit
Types:
barrack, flout, gibe, jeer, scoff
laugh at with contempt and derision
banter, chaff, jolly, josh, kid
be silly or tease one another
Type of:
bemock, mock
treat with contempt

v cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

Synonyms:
annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rile, vex
chafe
feel extreme irritation or anger
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get, get under one's skin
irritate
eat into, fret, grate, rankle
gnaw into; make resentful or angry
peeve
cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful
ruffle
trouble or vex
fret
cause annoyance in
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke
annoy continually or chronically
antagonise, antagonize
provoke the hostility of
goad, needle
goad or provoke,as by constant criticism
bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, torment
treat cruelly
haze
harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
Type of:
displease
give displeasure to

n a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)

Type of:
practical joke
a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)
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n music with a syncopated melody (usually for the piano)

Synonyms:
ragtime
Type of:
dance music
music to dance to

v play in ragtime

rag that old tune”
Type of:
play, spiel
replay (as a melody)
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v break into lumps before sorting

rag ore”
Type of:
break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize
break or cause to break into pieces
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n a week at British universities during which side-shows and processions of floats are organized to raise money for charities

Synonyms:
rag week
Type of:
hebdomad, week
any period of seven consecutive days
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