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rag

noun [C] uk   /ræɡ/ us  

rag noun [C] (CLOTH)

a torn piece of old cloth: I keep these rags for cleaning the car. US for duster rags [plural] clothes that are old and torn: an old man dressed in rags. Their clothes were in rags (= torn).

rag noun [C] (NEWSPAPER)

informal a newspaper or magazine that is considered to be of bad quality: He had his picture taken for some local rag.

rag noun [C] (COLLEGE EVENT)

in Britain, a series of entertaining events and activities organized by college students once a year to collect money for charity

rag noun [C] (MUSIC)

a piece of ragtime music

rag

verb [T] uk   /ræɡ/ (-gg-) old-fashioned informal us  
to say things that are funny but a little unkind: They ragged him about his girlfriend.
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