rag (on) (someone)

to criticise, denigrate, nag. This usage dates back to the 19th century when 'ragging' was also employed in British slang to mean teasing or provoking. In black American slang from the 1990s rag was often used synonymously with diss.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • rag on someone — AND rake on someone n. to bother someone; to irritate someone; to criticize and humiliate someone. □ I wish you would stop ragging on me. I don’t know why you are so annoyed at me. □ Stop raking on me! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • chew the rag with someone — chat with somebody, make friendly conversation with someone …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rag — rag1 [ ræg ] noun * 1. ) count a piece of old cloth used for cleaning or wiping something: an oily rag 2. ) rags plural clothes that are old, torn, and dirty: in rags (=wearing rags): The little girl was dressed in rags. 3. ) count INFORMAL a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rag on — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms rag on : present tense I/you/we/they rag on he/she/it rags on present participle ragging on past tense ragged on past participle ragged on American informal 1) rag on someone to say things in order to make… …   English dictionary

  • rag — [[t]ræ̱g[/t]] rags, ragging, ragged 1) N VAR A rag is a piece of old cloth which you can use to clean or wipe things. He was wiping his hands on an oily rag. ...a bundle of old rags... It looked like a piece of rag. 2) N PLURAL Rags are old torn… …   English dictionary

  • Rag (student society) — University Rag societies are student run charitable fundraising organisations that are widespread in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Most universities in the UK and Ireland, as well as some in South Africa and The Netherlands have a Rag. In some… …   Wikipedia

  • rag — 1 noun 1 CLOTH (C, U) a small piece of old cloth, for example one used for cleaning things: Can I use this piece of rag for the car? | an oily old rag 2 in rags wearing old torn clothes: an old beggar dressed in rags 3 go from rags to riches to… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rag-and-bone man — ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ noun chiefly Britain : a usually itinerant dealer in things of small value (as secondhand clothes and old newspapers) : old clothesman * * * /rag euhn bohn /, Brit. a peddler who buys and sells used clothes, rags, etc.; junkman.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rag — rag1 [ræg] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(cloth)¦ 2¦(newspaper)¦ 3 in rags 4 from rags to riches 5¦(music)¦ 6¦(students event)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Sense: 1 4,6; Date: 1300 1400; : Old Norse; Origin: rögg rough hairiness ] [Sense: 5; …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rag-and-bone man — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms rag and bone man : singular rag and bone man plural rag and bone men British someone who collects old clothes and other things from people s homes in order to sell them …   English dictionary

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