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Having 'Rags' is also a common euphemism for a woman having her period. -- 203.143.210.49 23:28, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

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rag

  • (slang) To drive a car or another vehicle in a hard, fast or unsympathetic manner.

Rod (A. Smith) 07:06, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

  • I've heard it used in UK - "He was ragging down the motorway at 110 mph"--Keene 23:50, 10 February 2008 (UTC)
    Would you Ukogbanians say it has clearly widespread use?—msh210 17:34, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
    It's in use. It's not clear to me how widespread. Kappa 22:37, 17 February 2008 (UTC)
    I've never heard it (but I'm getting on a bit). SemperBlotto 22:40, 17 February 2008 (UTC)
    I added the definition- if it helps here are 2 uses of 'ragging' by motoring journalists; http://cars.uk.msn.com/News/car_news_article.aspx?cp-documentid=953723 "the sight of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May ragging a car to within an inch of its life", http://www.evo.co.uk/carreviews/evocarreviews/62605/toyota_corolla_compressor.html "Hot hatch antics in the Compressor feel rather like ragging a hire car - engine screaming, chassis surprised and not entirely happy with the pace it's finding". 'Ragging' can also be used as an activity in itself- one can "go out for a rag"; that is, to leave with the intention of driving in a 'sporty' manner for the pleasure of the experience. 'Ragging' would always include an element of the unusual, 'testing' in some way the qualities (speed/acceleration/reliability) of the vehicle, or the skill of the driver. For example, driving an original Mini at 90mph would be considered 'ragging'. Driving a modern BMW at the same speed would not. 'Ragging' could also include faster than normal cornering, or indeed driving a car harshly at low speeds, eg using high revs or short bursts of hard acceleration. Low speed pleasure cruising, or normal journeys driven in a 'normal' manner would NOT be 'ragging'. Conversely, ragging would not necessarily involve driving in a reckless or inconsiderate manner- hard driving on a test track under controlled conditions would still be considered 'ragging'. Hope this helps.
    Yes that does help. This looks like another one: [1] The Independent Mar 5, 2005 "By the time we climbed back on the skidoos I was getting pretty cocky, ragging the thing around at 70 miles an hour." Kappa 23:42, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
Actually, to rag, from my understanding means to do that with anything, e.g. a horse, motorcycle, a person etc. ... to roughen something up, to turn it into rags... just my 0.02 € worth...--BigBadBen 21:50, 21 April 2008 (UTC)

Cited, (here, not on the page, which would be nice, but) I'm taking the liberty of removing the rfv-sense tag and declaring this RFV passed.—msh210 22:58, 6 May 2008 (UTC)


English noun sense 7Edit

Should this be a separate etymology? Thryduulf (talk) 21:14, 30 June 2010 (UTC)

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