Antonyms for ragging

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The farce of their performance is heightened by ragging from the courtiers.

They lay there for few minutes, talking and ragging aimlessly.

Refusing to say 'Good night' to the beast because he was ragging me.

We got ragging over the dessert and Mrs. Rose stole my grapes——?

That's Netta's fault; she starts all the ragging and throws it on to Gwen.

Talbot did not quite know whether the fellow were ragging him or not.

How dyou expect a fellow to play if you go on ragging him like a fish-wife?

We have been ragging him by suggesting his field-glasses must be faulty, and asking to see them.

So that he escaped the ragging he would have had to undergo at Wrykyn in similar circumstances.

But the ragging of the study put this topic entirely in the shade.

WORD ORIGIN

scrap of cloth, early 14c., probably from Old Norse rögg "shaggy tuft," earlier raggw-, or possibly from Old Danish rag (see rug), or a back-formation from ragged, It also may represent an unrecorded Old English cognate of Old Norse rögg. Watkins traces the Old Norse word through Proto-Germanic *rawwa-, from PIE root *reue- "to smash, knock down, tear up, uproot" (see rough (adj.)).

As an insulting term for "newspaper, magazine" it dates from 1734; slang for "tampon, sanitary napkin" is attested from 1930s (on the rag "menstruating" is from 1948). Rags "personal clothing" is from 1855 (singular), American English. Rags-to-riches "rise from poverty to wealth" is attested by 1896. Rag-picker is from 1860; rag-shop from 1829.

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