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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Suh harassed and chased Texas quarterback Colt McCoy all game long, at times slinging him around like a rag doll. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "The Greatest Individual Seasons in College Football History," 12 Aug. 2019 Its lead character was Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), a cowboy rag doll manufactured in the 1950s, and there weren’t many children playing with those in 1995. N.b., The Economist, "“Toy Story 4” is another enjoyable, nostalgic adventure," 21 June 2019 Woody’s signature rag doll slapstick comedy is in full swing, from the cowboy flailing atop an angry cat running in circles, to getting his face stepped on by Bonnie’s dad, to flinging his limbs every which way to keep Forky in check. Kelsea Stahler, refinery29.com, "Toy Story 4 Isn't Perfect, But It Will Fork Its Way Right Into Your Heart," 15 June 2019 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 The last match of the day is a nail-biter: As his winning move, Hakuho somehow lifts up his 293-pound opponent and drops him outside the ring like a rag doll. James Whitlow Delano, National Geographic, "Here’s your ultimate Tokyo itinerary," 25 Apr. 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 Without actuators, robots would crumple like rag dolls. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Robots," 17 May 2018

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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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