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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
1810-20; rag1 + bag Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for rag-bag
Historical Examples
  • Perhaps that is why this rag-bag of an Italian woman has such an unshakable admiration for him.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • The calico pieces went into the rag-bag, and that was the last of Prudy's patchwork.

    Little Prudy Sophie May
  • You ransack your budget of historic facts much as you would hunt for a bit of silk in a rag-bag.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • If I were a man I would perish sooner than be seen with that rag-bag.

  • There was the cosy corner with the rag-bag, and the moth-eaten fur coat—but the cosy corner was empty.

  • Mop-rags, lamp-rags, all should be washed, dried and put in the rag-bag.

  • A thin old man, with a rag-bag in his hand, was picking up a number of small pieces of whalebone, which lay on the street.

    Heads and Tales Various
  • The newspaper and the rag-bag unsettle the wits of the birds.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • Hues of ash and glints of glory, In the rag-bag of the world!

    Songs from Vagabondia Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey
  • Time passed, and the shirt-collar came in a rag-bag to the paper-mill.

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
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Word Origin and History for rag-bag

1820, from rag (n.1) + bag (n.). Figurative sense of "motley collection" is first recorded 1864.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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