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[raf-er-tee] /ˈræf ər ti/
adjective, British, Australian.
confused; disorganized.
Origin of rafferty
British dialect
1925-30; orig. in the phrase Rafferty('s) rules no rules at all; perhaps identical with British dialect raffatory, ref(f)atory, alterations of refractory Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • rafferty was to appear before him and produce his accounts and make explanations.

    The Ghost Girl H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • “Same as I was about rafferty,” said Phyl with a little laugh.

    The Ghost Girl H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • I went to the president of the club and told him that here was where we had to stop rafferty.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • This year I watched rafferty's progress with something like envy.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • Mrs. rafferty had furnished it somewhat lavishly but comfortably.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • I suppose if it had been 'Carleton and rafferty' I might have had a house myself by now.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • Then I went to rafferty and told him what I wanted in the way of teams.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • "rafferty's Ditch," the one notorious failure of Five Forks!

  • rafferty, I would give ten years of my life to believe as you believe.

  • And now, rafferty, as one friend to another, will you let me help you?

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