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rag the puck

1. In ice hockey, to attempt to run out the remaining time in a game by maintaining possession of the puck for as long possible. The team is notorious for ragging the puck whenever they take the lead.
2. By extension, to stall, postpone, or otherwise cause a delay by deliberately engaging in time-wasting activities. Primarily heard in Canada. Activist groups are claiming that the government has ragged the puck in relation to legislation that would better protect the environment. Quit ragging the puck, John, and make a decision already!
See also: puck, rag

be on the ragged edge

To be close to encountering or experiencing something (such as an outcome or emotional state). Primarily heard in US. After taking exams all week, I am on the ragged edge of exhaustion. The board has been on the ragged edge of discord ever since learning about the chairman's scandalous conduct.
See also: edge, on, ragged

run (oneself or someone) ragged

To exhaust oneself or someone else through hard work or effort. I've been running myself ragged trying to clean and organize the house before your mom comes to visit. If you become Joe's personal assistant, don't be surprised if he runs you ragged—he can be very demanding.
See also: ragged, run

run someone ragged

Fig. to keep someone or something very busy. This busy season is running us all ragged at the store. What a busy day. I ran myself ragged.
See also: ragged, run

talk someone ragged

Fig. to talk to someone too much; to bore someone. That was not an interview. She talked me ragged. He always talks me ragged, but I always listen.
See also: ragged, talk

run one ragged

Exhaust one, as in I've run myself ragged with this project. This idiom alludes to working so hard that one's appearance is reduced to rags. [c. 1920]
See also: one, ragged, run

run someone ragged

If someone runs you ragged, they make you do so much that you get extremely tired. Most days the kids — four under the age of six — run me ragged. Their defence was run ragged by the opposing team. Note: You can also say that you run yourself ragged, meaning that you get very tired by doing many things. She runs herself ragged trying to get everything done.
See also: ragged, run

run someone ragged

exhaust someone by making them undertake a lot of physical activity.
See also: ragged, run

ˌrun somebody ˈragged

(informal) make somebody do a lot of work or make a big effort so that they become tired: You look really exhausted. Have the children been running you ragged?
See also: ragged, run, somebody

talk someone ragged

tv. to talk to someone too much; to bore someone. That was not an interview. She talked me ragged.
See also: ragged, talk
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Graders = its students, ragged = teased, mocked; raged = cut loose, danced on and on--rag, ragga and/or reggae.
John Gilbert Road and nearby Ragged Hill Road, several miles north of downtown, desperately need to be maintained by the town, according to the former chief.
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Instantly a classic, Standards Left Ragged is a remarkable recreation of the perpetually interesting lifestyle and timely truths of the fledgling navy during the pre-revolutionary America era.
In your most recent issue of Thrasher you ragged on mountainboarding.
It consists of 22 pages of wall-to-wall sans-serif typewriter type, two columns separated only by the ragged right of the left-hand column.
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Again, if more than one color is being ragged on, all the previous colors should be dry before continuing.
While reading The Ragged Edge, I was looking for words that captured the kick of bus blocking.
In addition to a feature article in American Rag's RAGGED magazine, free CDs will be available in Macy's stores nationwide beginning April 5, 2010.
Aman, a first- year student of Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College at Tanda in Kangra district, had died on March 8, 2009, a few hours after being brutally ragged and beaten up by the four finalyear students.
Earlier this week, some of the junior students had complained of being ragged by the seniors, following which, the authorities took serious note of the matter and initiated action against those involved after conducting a probe.
When he gets ragged on - and it happens a lot, especially when we went to Texas, Mississippi State, Arizona State, they ragged on him a lot and you can hear it - it just drives him.
AMS) (Pink Sheets:MKTS), a leading provider of customized wholesaling and distribution services to book retailers and publishers, today announced that, effective September 1, 2005, it has acquired the distribution assets of United Kingdom book distributor Ragged Bears Limited, which represents global publishers including Chronicle Children's, Moonlight Publishing, North-South Books, Ragged Bears Publishing and Lothian Books.
THE Himachal Pradesh court's decision to grant bail to the four students who allegedly ragged Amann Kachroo to death has come as a major disappointment for his father.