Meaning of RAG in English

RAG

~ 1 [ ~ ]

■ noun

1》 a piece of old cloth, especially one torn from a larger piece.

↘( ~s ) old or tattered clothes.

2》 ( ~s ) the remnants of something.

3》 informal a low-quality newspaper.

■ verb give a decorative effect to by applying paint with a ~.

Phrases

on the ~ informal, chiefly N. Amer. menstruating.

lose one's ~ Brit. informal lose one's temper.

Origin

ME: prob. a back-form. from ~ged or ~gy .

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~ 2 [ ~ ]

■ noun Brit.

1》 a programme of entertainments organized by students to raise money for charity.

2》 informal, dated a prank.

■ verb ( ~s , ~ging , ~ged )

1》 make fun of boisterously.

2》 rebuke severely.

↘( ~ on ) N. Amer. informal complain about continually.

Origin

C18: of unknown origin.

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~ 3 [ ~ ]

■ noun

1》 a large coarse roofing slate.

2》 (also ~stone ) Brit. a hard coarse sedimentary rock that can be broken into thick slabs.

Origin

ME: of unknown origin; later assoc. with ~ 1 .

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~ 4 [ ~ ]

■ noun a ~time composition or tune.

Origin

C19: perh. from ~ged ; cf. ~time .

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