Compare rag (to tease, torment).


rag on (third-person singular simple present rags on, present participle ragging on, simple past and past participle ragged on)

  1. (chiefly US, Canada, transitive) To ridicule, to make fun of (someone).
    • 1998, Rafael Hermoso, “Spencer leads subs’ assault”, in New York Daily News, editor, Yankees ’98: Best Ever, →ISBN, page 93:
      Spencer knew his second homer—a two-run drive in the Yankee’s five-run eighth—was gone well before it landed in the second deck in left field. [] “They were ragging on me because the first one was close,” Spencer said.
    • 2013, Jake Logan, Slocum and the Yellowstone Scoundrel[1]:
      From back at the mill came the sounds of men laughing and joking about how dumb Joe Reese had been. ¶ Their humor disgusted him. Reese had been careless, and it had cost him his life. There wasn’t any call for them to rag on him now.