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    Synonym for "Rag on"

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by WiltChamberlain, Sep 8, 2017.

    Hi, hopefully this isn't too specific a request, but I am looking for a synonym, and not necessarily an exact one, for "rag on," examples of which might include: hound, needled, reminded, etc., but I am specifically looking for those which are two words, with a verb and then a preposition after, e.g., "rag on." (If in fact "on" is a preposition? I think so.) Needless to say I have consulted a few thesauruses before resorting to this desperate solicitation for help. I'd appreciate any you have to offer. Thanks :)
     
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    "Harping on" is the best to fit that definition. Also:,going on, belly-aching.
     
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    "Rail on" is one, though it's a bit stronger.
     
  4. DueNorth

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    I'm curious why you are asking--crossword puzzle? As you may know, this is a particularly demeaning slang term that has origin in the belief that women are more irritable and likely to be critical when they are menstrating. I'm not surprised that you're unable to find it in a thesaurus.
     
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    What's wrong with "nag?"
     
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    I was thinking 'pester'.
     
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    The OP requested a verb followed by an adjective--to maintain the syntax of "rag on"--for example, "bitch at." Still curious about the request...
     
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    Mess with.
    Raz.
    Giving shit. (Alt: Give hell)
    Piss off.
    IDK, I am sure you will figure it out. :p
     
  10. WiltChamberlain

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    Oh hi, just to maintain the flow I feel the entire sentence has with a verbal phrase, rather than the lone verb. So either flow purposes or neurotic preferences, I can't tell which?

    But no, I didn't know the origins of "rag on." However, you can find it in some thesauruses, just not many others containing two words. Thanks for the input, and for everyone else's as well :)
     

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