• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Raffe (naut.) a three-cornered sail set on a schooner when before the wind
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In literature:

The riff-raff scowl at the soldiers, who are ordered out to shoot at them.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, October 6, 1920" by Various
Down in the unlit body of the church the riff-raff of O'Brien kept the doors.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Raff, Sederholm, and others.
"The Third Great Plague" by John H. Stokes
We call him Parrot & Co., but the riff-raff have another name for him.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
Riff-raff exalted itself and also died competently enough.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This riff-raff will follow in their own dug-outs!
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
Here all the riff-raff and bobtail of London repair in their finery, and have a time.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
Raff is going to resign, they say.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
The fellow was a raff, and he would have nothing to do with him.
"St. Ronan's Well" by Sir Walter Scott
At first there was some difficulty with the European riff-raff.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan

In poetry:

Ser Jorg, the worthe Loumle,
A knyghte of great renowen,
Ser Raff, the ryche Rugbe,
With dyntes wear beaten dowene.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
They gaed fast doun the hill, their custom fell aff;
Their hoose it was haunted by a' the riff-raff,
Wha watch'd weel the time whan Mysie was fou;
An' mony a lawin' her haun' never drew.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Don't just laugh at Riff Raff .
Rapper Riff Raff is getting to be as rich and famous as he jokes about being.
A Brief Primer On Riff Raff , The (Really Good) Houston Rapper Who Will Be Portrayed On Screen By James Franco.
Bear Club brings Riff Raff to 'Back to School' rave.
Mad Decent Signee Riff Raff Has A Plan.
Music Riff Raff takes Chicago.
Riff Raff , aka Jody Highroller, aka Versace Python.
Reality-Show Riff- Raff Enjoy a Fashion Show for Fido.
Benko Products Inc.'s patented Model M-26 G- RAFF Elevating Platform is specifically designed for tank/bulk trucks.
Kim Raff The Salt Lake Tribune A man walks through Library Square as snow lightly falls in Salt Lake City on December 8, 2012.
(Kim Raff The Salt Lake Tribune) A man walks through Library Square as snow lightly falls in Salt Lake City on December 8, 2012.
(Kim Raff The Salt Lake Tribune left) Natalia and Sergey Sobolev walk through the Christmas lights display at the City Creek Center in Salt Lake City on Nov 15, 2012.
(Kim Raff The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) feels the pressure from (left) Orlando Magic small forward Arron Afflalo (4) during a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on December 5, 2012.
Lily Raff McCaulou is a columnist for The Bulletin.
Kim Raff The Salt Lake Tribune People walk around the Chinese Heritage Gate after the unveiling at the Utah Cultural Center in West Valley City, Utah on September 29, 2012.

In science:

Alberts B., Bray D., Lewis J., Raff M., Roberts K. and Watson J.D. (1994): The molecular biology of the cell, (Garland, New York). 3.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Master Thesis, University of Stuttgart, Germany, 2008. Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, and Peter Walter.
Collective Energy Foraging of Robot Swarms and Robot Organisms
Albert, B., Bray, D., Lewis, J., Raff, M., Roberts, K., and Watson, J.D. (1989) Molecular Biology of the Cell 2nd Edition (Garland).
A review of Johnjoe McFadden's book ``Quantum Evolution''
Raff and Sly pointed out that modularity enables the evolution of ontogeny because it makes three processes possible: the dissociation of developmental processes (e.g. heterochrony), the duplication and subsequent divergence of developmental modules, and the co-option of features into new functions .
The Emergence of Modularity in Biological Systems