ballyrag (also bullyrag) (-ragged, -ragging) sl. play tricks on; scold, harass.
Etymology: 18th c.: orig. unkn.

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be bossy towards

Her big brother always bullied her when she was young

Hypernyms: ↑intimidate
Hyponyms: ↑tyrannize, ↑tyrannise, ↑domineer
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s somebody

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variant of bullyrag

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/bal"ee rag'/, v.t., ballyragged, ballyragging.

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ballyrag, ballyragging etc.,
varr. bullyrag, -ragging.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • ballyrag — allyrag v. to be bossy towards; same as {bullyrag}. Syn: strong arm, bully, browbeat, bullyrag, bullirag, ballarag, boss around, hector, push around. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ballyrag — variant of bullyrag …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ballyrag — /bal ee rag /, v.t., ballyragged, ballyragging. bullyrag. * * * …   Universalium

  • ballyrag — bal·ly·rag || bælɪræg v. mistreat or intimidate by bullying; scorn …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ballyrag — verb variant spelling of bullyrag …   English new terms dictionary

  • ballyragging — ballyrag, ballyragging etc., varr. bullyrag, ragging …   Useful english dictionary

  • bullyrag — also ballyrag transitive verb Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1790 1. to intimidate by bullying 2. to vex by teasing ; badger …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bullyrag — bullyragger, n. /bool ee rag /, v.t., bullyragged, bullyragging. to bully; harass: to bullyrag fraternity plebs. Also, ballyrag. [1780 90; earlier ballarag, of obscure orig.] * * * …   Universalium

  • bullyrag — (also ballyrag) verb (bullyrags, bullyragging, bullyragged) N. Amer. informal treat in a scolding or intimidating way. Origin C18: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • bullyrag — /ˈbʊliræg/ (say booleerag) verb (t) (bullyragged, bullyragging) to bully; badger; abuse; tease. Also, ballyrag …  

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