• Definition of rag

    • (n): a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)  
    • (n): a small piece of cloth or paper  
    • (n): newspaper with half-size pages  
    • (n): music with a syncopated melody (usually for the piano)  
    • (n): a week at British universities during which side-shows and processions of floats are organized to raise money for charities  
    • (v): break into lumps before sorting; "rag ore"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): play in ragtime; "rag that old tune"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"  

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