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rag



Pronunciation: (rag), [key]
n.
1. a worthless piece of cloth, esp. one that is torn or worn.
2. rags,ragged or tattered clothing: The tramp was dressed in rags.
3. any article of apparel regarded deprecatingly or self-deprecatingly, esp. a dress: It's just an old rag I had in the closet.
4. a shred, scrap, or fragmentary bit of anything.
5. Informal.
a. something of very low value or in very poor condition.
b. a newspaper or magazine regarded with contempt or distaste: Are you still subscribing to that rag?
6. a person of shabby or exhausted appearance.
7. a large roofing slate that has one edge untrimmed.
8. chew the rag. See chew (def. 9).
9. from rags to riches, from extreme poverty to great wealth: He went from rags to riches in only three years.

rag



Pronunciation: (rag), [key]
v., ragged, rag•ging,
n.
Informal.

v.t.
1. to scold.
2. to subject to a teasing, esp. in an intense or prolonged way (often fol. by on): Some of the boys were ragging on him about his haircut.
3. Brit.to torment with jokes; play crude practical jokes on.

n.
Brit.an act of ragging.

rag



Pronunciation: (rag), [key]
v.t., ragged, rag•ging.
to break up (lumps of ore) for sorting. [1870–75; orig. uncert.]

rag



Pronunciation: (rag), [key]
n., v., ragged, rag•ging.


n.
a musical composition in ragtime: a piano rag.

v.t.
to play (music) in ragtime.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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