Shake-rag

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Shake-rag (obs.) a ragged fellow
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceacan, scacan.

Usage

In literature:

He therefore kept quiet and submitted to the shaking, making himself as limp as a rag.
"The Copy-Cat and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
It was no wonder that the ragged, filthy invader could only smile and shake his head.
"Soldiers Three, Part II." by Rudyard Kipling
Why, if you shake a rag the train will stop in the midst of the wilderness to pick you up.
"Following the Equator, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Why, if you shake a rag the train will stop in the midst of the wilderness to pick you up.
"Following the Equator, Part 4" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He shakes off the rags of sin, and is clothed with the robe of virtue.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
Stepping to the door to shake her dust rag, Tess saw Jake Brewer coming up the path.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
He's limp as a wet rag, shaking like a man with a fit.
"A Wounded Name" by Charles King
Thrashed from side to side, his ragged coat made worse by the severe shaking Frederick was administering, Ben Letts groaned audibly.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
It is at best but a worn-out scarecrow shaking its vain rags in the wind.
"The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice" by Stephen Leacock
Such a person does not contradict, set folks straight as to dates, and shake the red rag of wordy warfare, even in the interests of truth.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
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In poetry:

Youth comes by with head high-reared,
Stares in scorn at these august
Effigies by age revered—
Gilded shapes of Greed and Lust—
Shakes them into rags and dust.
"Tamerlane" by Victor James Daley
High on the telephone wires, the paltry pitiful thing
Hangs in rags and tatters and loops of string.
A slight breeze shakes it, but cannot shake it down.
It flutters and flutters forgotten above the town.
"Kites" by William Rose Benet

In news:

Minnesota Vikings try to shake ragged effort vs Bears with Packers up next.
She was born in the Shake Rag Community of Chickasaw Co. And Marie Riley Wise.
West of Shake Rag celebrates "Amuricuh".
West of Shake Rag has a show this weekend.
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