Rag-tag

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rag-tag the rabble
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. rögg, shagginess.

Usage

In literature:

Now thou shalt not have so much as one tag-rag of my coat, even could it save thee from hanging.
"The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" by Howard Pyle
The rag-tag-and-bob-tail-of-creation fellows we have seen skulking about here will have to go away without a fight.
"Boy Scouts in Mexico; or On Guard with Uncle Sam" by G. Harvey Ralphson
He was a curious, wizened-up little fellow, dressed in rags, and with hair like the worn tags of a black woollen carpet.
"Jess" by H. Rider Haggard
Now thou shalt not have so much as one tag-rag of my coat, even could it save thee from hanging.
"The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" by Howard Pyle
I call it the rag-tag and bob-tail class.
"Melchior's Dream and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
For honest folks to be harbouring such a fellow as you are, and not you only, but your friends and your rag and your tag!
"A Cigarette-Maker's Romance" by F. Marion Crawford
They filed out of Springfield, some in rags and some in tags and some in velvet gowns.
"A Certain Rich Man" by William Allen White
It was such a small thing, a tag of ragged stuff looped about a length of splintered sapling.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
With the commencement of a rag-tag dance, the Point was whipped to frivolous life.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
The attackers were almost upon Gunnar before the last of Maya's rag-tag army had gone down the stairs.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
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In poetry:

Hark! hark!
The dogs do bark;
Beggars are coming to town.
Some in rags,
And some in tags,
And some in velvet gown.
"The Return From The Quest" by Oscar Fay Adams
Not by their rags and not by their tags,
Nor by any distinctive gown;
The same unremarkable Sunday suit
And hats cocked up and down.
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence
You often have been told of regiments brave and bold,
But we are the bravest in the land;
We're called the Tag-rag Band, and we rally in Queensland,
We are members of the Wallaby Brigade.
"The Wallaby Brigade" by Anonymous Oceania
Chorus: Tramp, tramp, tramp, etc.
Now when the shearing's in our harvest will begin,
Our swags for a spell down will be laid;
But when our cheques are drank we will join the Tag-rag rank,
Limeburners in the Wallaby Brigade.
"The Wallaby Brigade" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

We're just a rag-tag group of donut-lovin' folks wanting to bring something fun and new to the Manhattan community.
The "Occupy" movement thought Black Friday would be yet another opportunity for the rag-tag movement to snag a little additional media attention.
Rag-tag band may yet fire up Blues.
Google Nexus 7 Tablet Leads ' Rag-Tag Fleet' of Android Devices.
He's partly right: If the United States could prevail against its fearsome Axis foes in World War II, it could surely beat—even after countless errors of omission and commission—a rag-tag assortment of ad hoc cells of moonlighting jihadis.
Rag-tag band may yet fire up Blues.
He said he's qualified for Congress, because he's experienced being part of a rag-tag group of misfits, that are seemingly incapable of getting the job done.
Rag Tag Sullivan at Murphy's Irish Pub.
Viewing posts tagged rag and bone.
Setting the scene at the Fort Benning cemetery, I referred to the motorcycle escort that joined the procession as "a rag-tag squad of Vietnam vets".
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