bullyrag

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bul·ly·rag

(bo͝ol′ē-răg′) also bal·ly·rag (băl′ē-)
tr.v. bul·ly·ragged, bul·ly·rag·ging, bul·ly·rags also bal·ly·ragged or bal·ly·rag·ging or bal·ly·rags
To mistreat or intimidate by bullying.

[From dialectal ballarag.]
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bullyrag

(ˈbʊlɪˌræɡ)
vb, -rags, -ragging or -ragged
(tr) to bully, esp by means of cruel practical jokes. Also: ballyrag
[C18: of unknown origin]
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bul•ly•rag

(ˈbʊl iˌræg)

v.t. -ragged, -rag•ging.
to bully; harass or intimidate.
[1780–90; earlier ballarag, of obscure orig.]
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bullyrag


Past participle: bullyragged
Gerund: bullyragging

Imperative
bullyrag
bullyrag
Present
I bullyrag
you bullyrag
he/she/it bullyrags
we bullyrag
you bullyrag
they bullyrag
Preterite
I bullyragged
you bullyragged
he/she/it bullyragged
we bullyragged
you bullyragged
they bullyragged
Present Continuous
I am bullyragging
you are bullyragging
he/she/it is bullyragging
we are bullyragging
you are bullyragging
they are bullyragging
Present Perfect
I have bullyragged
you have bullyragged
he/she/it has bullyragged
we have bullyragged
you have bullyragged
they have bullyragged
Past Continuous
I was bullyragging
you were bullyragging
he/she/it was bullyragging
we were bullyragging
you were bullyragging
they were bullyragging
Past Perfect
I had bullyragged
you had bullyragged
he/she/it had bullyragged
we had bullyragged
you had bullyragged
they had bullyragged
Future
I will bullyrag
you will bullyrag
he/she/it will bullyrag
we will bullyrag
you will bullyrag
they will bullyrag
Future Perfect
I will have bullyragged
you will have bullyragged
he/she/it will have bullyragged
we will have bullyragged
you will have bullyragged
they will have bullyragged
Future Continuous
I will be bullyragging
you will be bullyragging
he/she/it will be bullyragging
we will be bullyragging
you will be bullyragging
they will be bullyragging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bullyragging
you have been bullyragging
he/she/it has been bullyragging
we have been bullyragging
you have been bullyragging
they have been bullyragging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bullyragging
you will have been bullyragging
he/she/it will have been bullyragging
we will have been bullyragging
you will have been bullyragging
they will have been bullyragging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bullyragging
you had been bullyragging
he/she/it had been bullyragging
we had been bullyragging
you had been bullyragging
they had been bullyragging
Conditional
I would bullyrag
you would bullyrag
he/she/it would bullyrag
we would bullyrag
you would bullyrag
they would bullyrag
Past Conditional
I would have bullyragged
you would have bullyragged
he/she/it would have bullyragged
we would have bullyragged
you would have bullyragged
they would have bullyragged
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bullyrag - be bossy towardsbullyrag - be bossy towards; "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young"
intimidate - make timid or fearful; "Her boss intimidates her"
domineer, tyrannise, tyrannize - rule or exercise power over (somebody) in a cruel and autocratic manner; "her husband and mother-in-law tyrannize her"
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bullyrag

verb
1. To torment with persistent insult or ridicule:
Informal: needle, ride.
Idiom: wave the red flag in front of the bull.
2. To domineer or drive into compliance by the use of as threats or force, for example:
Informal: strong-arm.
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References in classic literature ?
'The villain--where is he?' says she, 'I'll claw his face for'n, let me only catch him!' Well, she hunted about everywhere, ballyragging Jack by side and by seam, Jack lying a'most stifled inside the churn, and the poor maid--or young woman rather--standing at the door crying her eyes out.
Ms McDonald told RTE's Today With Sean O'Rourke: "I do think it is extraor-dinary an Irish Taoiseach, the head of government, would be encouraging, cajoling, suggesting, ballyragging even, elected people, elected from the Irish section in the North, to go to a British parliament and take an oath of allegiance to a foreign power.