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rag-and-bone man

[rag-uh n-bohn] /ˈræg ənˈboʊn/
noun, British.
a peddler who buys and sells used clothes, rags, etc.; junkman.
Origin of rag-and-bone man
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for rag-and-bone man
Historical Examples
  • He is like the hangman or jailer or rag-and-bone man; a necessary evil.

  • One "nark" was a rag-and-bone man, who worked the country for miles around.


    W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • In her indescribable childish way she would coquet with a tax-collector or a rag-and-bone man or the Archbishop of Canterbury.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
  • "The 'ouse, mum," said the rag-and-bone man, whose profession demanded tact and politeness.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for rag-and-bone man

rag-and-bone man

(Brit) a man who buys and sells discarded clothing, furniture, etc Also called ragman, ragpicker US equivalent junkman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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