like a rag doll

like a rag doll

Helplessly and without any control over how one is being overpowered, thrashed around, etc. Likened to the floppiness of a rag doll, which is a doll made out of cloth. He tumbled down the hill like a rag doll before coming to rest in a heap down below. The mountain lion took the poor animal in its jaws and shook it around like a rag doll.
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like a rag doll

If someone is like a rag doll, they have no strength and cannot control their movements, often because they are being treated violently. He picked the boy up and shook him like a rag doll. I saw a dog throwing a girl around like a rag doll. Note: A `rag doll' is a child's doll made of cloth.
See also: doll, like, rag
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A TERRIER owner has been fined after his pet attacked another dog and "threw it around like a rag doll" outside a Newcastle supermarket.
A staffie owner has been fined after his pet attacked another dog and "threw it around like a rag doll" outside a Newcastle supermarket.
A PARACHUTIST was last night fighting for life after she plummeted "like a rag doll" from 15,000ft and landed on a car yesterday.
Jenny told the Sunday ECHO: "The dog came out of nowhere and just grabbed Izzy and started ragging her around like a rag doll.
A MAN threw his partner around "like a rag doll" and bit her nose after using a hammer to smash his way into her Llanrwst home, a court heard yesterday.
The dogs' owner was unable to drag them away as they clamped their jaws on Broagan and shook her like a rag doll.
A PREGNANT woman was sent flying 'like a rag doll' when a driver hit her on a pedestrian crossing.
She is just treating her like a rag doll, the way she dragged her across the mat."
He was just like a rag doll, he wasn't moving at all.
A PET spaniel was shaken "like a rag doll" by a Staffordshire terrier-type dog which refused to let go, a court heard yesterday.
She said her pet was thrown 20ft in the air and then tossed around "like a rag doll".
He claims he described to deputy head Chris Johnson how the girl was thrown "like a rag doll" by teacher John Muldoon, who is now in jail.
Some hefty teenage lad throwing you around like a rag doll to Strip The Willow, the entire gym hall thick with the aroma of pubescent, sweating 15-year-olds.
A judge has defended his decision not to jail a man caught on camera violently swinging a one-year-old child around like a rag doll.
A mother spoke of how 'let down' she felt yesterday after a man who was caught on video swinging her one-year-old daughter around like a rag doll walked free from court.