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verb rag pronunciation in British English /ræɡ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrag
he/she/itrags
present participleragging
past tenseragged
past participleragged

phrasal verb

rag on

[transitive] American informal
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrag on
he/she/itrags on
present participleragging on
past tenseragged on
past participleragged on

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

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