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or rag-bag

[rag-bag] /ˈrægˌbæg/
a bag in which small pieces of cloth are kept for use in mending.
a mixture or conglomeration:
a ragbag of facts, half-truths, and blatant lies.
Origin of ragbag
First recorded in 1810-20; rag1 + bag Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for rag bag
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  • For a year we had been saving a blue-serge dress (original cost $19) from the rag bag for the purpose.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • He went into the kitchen and filled a bucket with soapy water and gathered up an armload of rags from the rag bag.

  • She produced the rag bag, however, and allowed the girls to take their choice of the various odds and ends which it contained.

    The Manor House School Angela Brazil
  • I jest tucked it in there, because I wasnt goin upstairs to my rag–bag then, and knew it would be safe.

    Fighting the Sea Edward A. Rand
  • At his feet was something which, at first glance, might have been either a quadruped or a rag bag.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
British Dictionary definitions for rag bag


a bag for storing odd rags
a confused assortment; jumble: a ragbag of ideas
(informal) a scruffy or slovenly person
Word Origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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Slang definitions & phrases for rag bag

rag bag


: a rag-bag collection, but an interesting one

noun phrase

Any miscellany, esp a very random and confusing one: What he calls his philosophy is a ragbag of trite trivialities (1820+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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