ragtag and bobtail

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ragtag and bobtail disparaging terms for the common people
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Usage

In literature:

For I'm of royal blood; and I'm not accustomed to go to parties with ragtags and bobtails.
"The Tale of Betsy Butterfly" by Arthur Scott Bailey
I don't believe in being friends with the ragtag and bobtail of society.
"Luke Walton" by Horatio Alger
We're ragtag and bobtail both of us, at any rate.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
Without the populace having any hand in it, the ragtag and bobtail of the strangers became bolder and shouted more and more.
"The Legend of Ulenspiegel" by Charles de Coster
All the ragtag and bobtail of this terrible city have joined in the search.
"The Great Airship." by F. S. Brereton
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