Definition of bullyrag in US English:



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

    ‘he would bullyrag his staff around but then kiss up to his superiors’
    • ‘He said afterwards that it was a bit too thick on poor old Leonora to be ballyragged any more.’
    • ‘For instance, compare what the Fox ‘says ’, when being bullyragged by the Wolf, with how he actually lives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why are they bullyragging Russia but not China?’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘I have been bullyragged all day… by the wildcat who is sodding the ground and finishing the driveway.’
    • ‘You're not going to ballyrag me and say I'm responsible.’
    • ‘He laughed and he bullyragged the boy until Bertram shouted the correct answer.’
    • ‘On page 48 she explains how the IRS is bullyragging this poor gentleman over a few million in tax deductions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a bandleader, he bullyragged a shifting lineup of modern jazz virtuosos into performances which combined precision execution with emotionally-charged improvisation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Come, now - explain your ingenious little riddle, and don't go on badgering and bullyragging people in this mysterious way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The members of the Board had been ballyragged around the country last year as the worst health administrators ever.’
    • ‘We must sound a caveat to the regime that the New DEAL will not sit supinely and see its members being bullyragged.’
    frighten, menace, terrify, scare, alarm, terrorize, overawe, awe, cow, subdue, discourage, daunt, unnerve
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Late 18th century: of unknown origin.