Definition of bullyrag in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʊlɪraɡ/
(also ballyrag)

verb (bullyrags, bullyragging, bullyragged)

[with object] North American informal
Treat (someone) in a scolding or intimidating way: he would bullyrag them around but lick up to his superiors
More example sentences
  • 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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