rag doll


Definition of rag doll

1 : a stuffed usually painted cloth doll
2 Ragdoll \ ˈrag-​ˌdäl How to pronounce Ragdoll (audio) , -​ˌdȯl \ or ragdoll [ former trademark ] : any of a breed of large, blue-eyed domestic cats that have a long, silky coat with a colorpoint pattern and that typically become limp when picked up or held

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Earlier in the second half, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Pietersen was drilled on a tackle, and New York’s Chance Wenglewski (6 feet 2, 235 pounds) kept slamming the South African to the ground like a rag doll away from the flow of the play. Griff Lacey / San Diego Legion, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Legion win in closing seconds, will host MLR championship match," 9 June 2019 After a few seconds, the soldiers drag their prisoner like a rag doll to the middle of the street, pull off his shirt, and kick him. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "No Dialogue for Maduro," 3 Feb. 2019 In the 16th and 17th centuries, French and Spanish sailors were given life-sized rag dolls, called dames de voyage, to get them through their long sea journeys. Waldemar Januszczak, A-LIST, "Kate Moss: The Golden Girl," 1 July 2018 Doro watched in shock as the rock sent his friend tumbling down the mountain like a rag doll. The Atlantic, "Is Social Media Luring Hikers Into 'Death Gully'?," 17 May 2018 On weekends all month, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Prospect Park Alliance invites children to visit the house to card wool, spin yarn and make rag dolls. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "8 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 17 May 2018 Without actuators, robots would crumple like rag dolls. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Robots," 17 May 2018 Ogbonnia has a lightning first step and is exceptional at rag dolling blockers and finding the ball. Nora Princiotti, BostonGlobe.com, "Scouting the 2018 NFL Draft, position by position," 24 Apr. 2018 The rag doll on the mantelpiece is supposed to fly, or maybe jump, to the chandelier. NOLA.com, "New Orleans ghost stories: Our favorite 'haunted' house stories from the NOLA.com home and garden archive," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of rag doll

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of rag doll

: a soft doll made of cloth

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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