Meaning of bullyrag in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbʊlɪraɡ/

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verbverb bullyrags, verb bullyragging, verb bullyragged

(also ballyrag)
[with object] informal North American
  • Treat (someone) in a scolding or intimidating way.

    • ‘he would bullyrag them around but lick up to his superiors’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No sooner had he his feet under the table, though, than he was being ballyragged at county board meetings by suits who knew better than he who should be playing.’
    • ‘For instance, compare what the Fox ‘says ’, when being bullyragged by the Wolf, with how he actually lives.’
    • ‘He laughed and he bullyragged the boy until Bertram shouted the correct answer.’
    • ‘A particularly egregious incident of bullyragging the wild animals that we saw during this trip to Yellowstone involved someone using their vehicle to try to force a bear to run up a tree.’
    • ‘As a bandleader, he bullyragged a shifting lineup of modern jazz virtuosos into performances which combined precision execution with emotionally-charged improvisation.’
    • ‘On page 48 she explains how the IRS is bullyragging this poor gentleman over a few million in tax deductions.’
    • ‘Come, now - explain your ingenious little riddle, and don't go on badgering and bullyragging people in this mysterious way.’
    • ‘I remember being once so bullyragged by the Judge that I had to go outside, and was so sick that in order to recover myself I had to take a pint of champagne.’
    • ‘It's not that I'm not proud of my junk, it's just that I'm already sick of being scrutinized, frisked, questioned, herded around, bullyragged and browbeaten at each leg of a flight.’
    • ‘Next day he was drunk, and he went to Judge Thatcher's and bullyragged him, and tried to make him give up the money; but he couldn't, and then he swore he'd make the law force him.’
    • ‘If I could find the oyster of the world, I'd buy the gun they used to shoot the moon, and ballyrag the Governments to never make a law, just tell the truth on Thursday afternoons…’
    • ‘He is your average, run-of-the-mill psychiatrist… in that he bullyrags his patients into tears and tries to shoot himself in the face whenever he gets the blues.’
    • ‘We must sound a caveat to the regime that the New DEAL will not sit supinely and see its members being bullyragged.’
    • ‘This is not about some fool of a Secret Service agent jumping the gun on an innocuous online comment, or an airline security officer with a penchant for bullyragging 55 year old women.’
    • ‘Why are they bullyragging Russia but not China?’
    • ‘I have been bullyragged all day… by the wildcat who is sodding the ground and finishing the driveway.’
    • ‘What would the chivalrous Robert E. Lee, beau ideal of Southern military manhood, think of 22-year-old Southern officers and gentlemen bellowing at and bullyragging 17-year-old girls?’
    frighten, menace, terrify, scare, alarm, terrorize, overawe, awe, cow, subdue, discourage, daunt, unnerve


Late 18th century of unknown origin.