verb (bullyrags, bullyragging, bullyragged)[with object] North American informal
Treat (someone) in a scolding or intimidating way: he would bullyrag his staff around but then kiss up to his superiors
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- The members of the Board had been ballyragged around the country last year as the worst health administrators ever.
- He said afterwards that it was a bit too thick on poor old Leonora to be ballyragged any more.
- You're not going to ballyrag me and say I'm responsible.
Late 18th century: of unknown origin.
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