rag doll


Definition of rag doll

1 : a stuffed usually painted cloth doll
2 Ragdoll \ ˈrag-​ˌdäl How to pronounce rag doll (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

Examples of rag doll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bear grabbed him by his left wrist and shook him like a rag doll, hoisting him above the ground with her powerful jaws. Caroline Van Hemert, Outside Online, 11 Aug. 2021 Laterrian bursts into the first round with high energy, and throws Tyler around like a rag doll. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 18 Dec. 2021 Police say surveillance video shows the 30-year-old former running back beating his ex-girlfriend in front of their 5-month-old son and throwing her like a rag doll into a television at her home in Oakland near Orlando. Skyler Swisher, orlandosentinel.com, 11 Dec. 2021 The next morning, Nematullah arrived from Kandahar and found Ezzatullah’s body — his limbs bent like a rag doll — in a hospital morgue. New York Times, 14 Nov. 2021 The next morning, Nematullah arrived from Kandahar and found Ezzatullah’s body — his limbs bent like a rag doll — in a hospital morgue. Yaqoob Akbary, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Nov. 2021 In the first round, Ed is throwing Kyle around like a rag doll. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, 20 Oct. 2021 The Longhorns’ offensive line also began unraveling like a tattered rag doll as the game wore on. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Oct. 2021 Like clockwork, the Rebels went into Tuscaloosa and were manhandled like a rag doll, losing 42-21 in a game that wasn't even that close. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rag doll

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rag doll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rag%20doll. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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