• A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
    A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ragging the first rough separation of the ore from dross
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The little chimney sweep, with his ragged clothes and brush The little chimney sweep, with his ragged clothes and brush
Cinderella's rags turned into the most beautiful dress in the world Cinderella's rags turned into the most beautiful dress in the world
Jo laid her head on a comfortable rag-bag and cried Jo laid her head on a comfortable rag-bag and cried


  • William Shakespeare
    “Oh! it offends me to the soul to hear a robust periwig-pated fellow, tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still the greatest city in the whole world.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
    “The craftiest trickery are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart.”
  • William R. Alger
    William R. Alger
    “The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire.”
  • John Donne
    “Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.”
  • George Farquhar
    “There's no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.”


From rags to riches - Someone who starts life very poor and makes a fortune goes from rags to riches.
Lose your rag - Is someone loses their rag, they are very angry about something.
Ragged blue line - (USA) This term was used to signify the Union forces (who wore blue uniforms) in the American Civil war .
Rags to riches - Someone who starts life very poor and becomes rich goes from rags to riches.
Red rag to a bull - If something is a red rag to a bull, it is something that will inevitably make somebody angry or cross.


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


In literature:

They saw coming toward them, not a dog, but an old man, dressed in rather ragged clothes.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Big Woods" by Laura Lee Hope
A ragged little darky followed.
"A Little Florida Lady" by Dorothy C. Paine
Never have we seen so ragged and wretched a crew.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
In one corner lay some rags upon which both slept; a chest served as table and chair.
"The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844 with a Preface written in 1892" by Frederick Engels
Raggedy Andy tried to open the French doll's eyes with his soft rag hands, but it was no use.
"Raggedy Andy Stories" by Johnny Gruelle
He unwound his dirty turban and slipped out of the ragged shirtlike frock.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
It seemed to hang in the air round the grotesque ragged-ness of the saturnine brown man.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
There 's a fellah in the house 'at plays 'Rag-time' out o' sight.
"The Sport of the Gods" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I was in rags and dirty.
"From the Bottom Up" by Alexander Irvine
The rubber for spiriting-off should be made up from a piece of old flannel, and be covered with a piece of old rag.
"French Polishing and Enamelling" by Richard Bitmead

In poetry:

That grave by many a tear was graced
From ragged heroes ranged around
As in one blanket they were placed
In consecrated ground.
"Under One Blanket" by James Barron Hope
But there's such wine that warms my blood
As yet you never knew,
So that I heed not wet nor cold,
Nor rags the winds blow through.
"An Angel Unawares" by Cicely Fox Smith
Let me down easy, reader, say!
Don't run the bluff that you are on,
Or proudly scoff at every toff
Who rattles off a rag-time con.
"An Inside Con to Refined Guys" by Wallace Irwin
And Jimmy danced upon the flags,
And cried, "there's few have seen,
And ever thought that in these rags,
Stands brother to a Dean."
"The Dean's Brother" by John Hartley
There, far off the city was glowing
All crimson-aflame; in its swell
A maple-branch, ragged, was bowing
To bid him a silent farewell.
"In Hospital" by Boris Pasternak
"Ye canna wear a ragged gown,
Or beggar wed wi' nought ava;
My kye are drown'd, my house is down,
My last sheep lies aneath the snaw."
"The Lass O' Isla" by Alexander Boswell

In news:

Union Rags makes his 2012 debut in the Fountain of Youth Stakes.
On Sunday, she was cleaning up after class, and accidentally threw out her diamond wedding ring with some old rags.
Kurt Cobain, the ragged-voiced product of a Pacific Northwest timber town who helped to create the grunge rock sound that has dominated popular music for the last four years, was found dead today at his home here.
22This is the reverse of a rags-to-riches story.
(Photo Courtesy of the West Side Rag).
The producer of an early version, titled Chris Christophersen (1920), which folded in pre-Broadway tryout, ragged at him for making the final scene too grim.
Roger Federer is getting run ragged by Andy Murray.
Wolf Pack runs Rebels ragged in 63-28 blowout.
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hailee Steinfeld Go Racing With Rag &Bone.
Union Rags picked up right where.
Union Rags, right, took advantage of the absence of the Triple Crown favorite I'll Have Another and a sliver of space along the rail to win at Belmont Park on Saturday.
Union Rags gets past Paynter on the rail to win the 144th Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
Union Rags edges Paynter by a neck.
Union Rags Edges Paynter To Win The Belmont Stakes .
Beef Ragù, Mozzarella and Mushroom Timballo.

In science:

Let p = tp( ˆf )(= Lstp( ˆf )), q = tp(ˆg ), r = tp(ˆh) and let Γq (uv ) = q(u) ∧ q(v ) ∧ u ⌣| v . (Later we shall omit q in Γq .) Now we can think of ˆh as a multi-valued function such that dom(ˆh) = tp(ˆa/ˆh) = Lstp(ˆa/ˆh) and rag (ˆh) = Lstp(ˆb/ˆh).
Constructing the hyperdefinable group from the group configuration
The ragged structure signifies that there are systematic variations of nuclear stability with nucleon number, some nucleonic numbers allowing for a greater variety of stable configurations of higher binding energy.
Introduction to Astronomy with Radioactivity
In what follow W RAG(m, n) will be Wheel Random Apollonian Graph where m, n ∈ N where m ≥ 4, n > m. V will indicate the set of vertices, E the set of edges of the W RAG(m, n).
Wheel Random Apollonian Graphs
Theorem 12 Let W RAG(m, n) a Wheel Random Apol lonian Graph of order n with seed m, then W RAG(m, n) is Hamiltonian.
Wheel Random Apollonian Graphs
So by consequence choosing i = n − m then W RAG(m, n) is Hamiltonian.
Wheel Random Apollonian Graphs