- 1 (piece of cloth) like a red rag to a bull [colloquial]mentioning that to him is like a red rag to a bullmencionarle eso es pincharlo para que se enfurezcato feel like a wet rag [colloquial]estar hecho un trapo or un guiñapo [colloquial]to have the rag on or (British) be on the rag [slang]tener la regla or el períodoto lose one's rag (British) [colloquial]explotar [colloquial]→ chew 1Example sentences
- It hadn't taken Lee long to come back with a clean wet cloth before the cold rag was pressed to Kris' scalp.
- He leaned down to gather clean water in the rag for rinsing, running the cloth over the same areas.
- Quickly, he ran to grab some rags to clean up, shaking his head - he knew he'd ruined his chance.
- 3also: rags plural(tattered clothes)harapos (masculine plural)dressed in rags from rags to riches
andrajos (masculine plural)de la pobreza a la fortunahis was a classic rags-to-riches storyel suyo fue el clásico caso del pobre que hace fortunaExample sentences
- In rags she huddled in the corner of her dank cell.
- You could see the homeless on the streets, in their tattered rags and scraps of what were once new, clean clothes; they were all begging.
- There's one guy who gets on the tube with an accordion, while his son, in tattered rags, goes up and down the aisles with a Pringles can to collect spare change.
transitive verb present participle ragging past tense, past participle ragged
- (British) [colloquial] [dated]tomarle el pelo a [colloquial]Example sentences
- The lads were ragging me about that, declaring I had lost my touch, he laughed.
- Hey, I'm not ragging you guys, it's nice to know someone actually reads my stuff…
- I apologize to Mr. Russell for ragging him but that's what happens when you have a rock garden named after you.
- 1 (in British universities)also: rag week(semana durante la cual se recaudan fondos para obras benéficas)Example sentences
- Police have given permission for the march to take place although refused to let it begin from York Minster because of the University's student rag week.
- For the past eight decades or so, the Union has been housed in its distinctive premises at the bottom of University Avenue, regularly stormed by rival Strathclyde students on rag days.
- It made me laugh, even though it had a kind of amateur, student rag week kind of feel to it.
- (Music)composición (feminine) de ragtimeExample sentences
- Composed rags were widely published and became extremely popular among white amateur pianists, though it is likely that the black creators of ragtime would have played in a much freer manner than the written music suggests.
- It is based on traditions of rag music and social protest lyrics.
- It definitely puts his performances of Scott Joplin's rags in a different light!
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