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ragtag and bobtail

or rag, tag, and bobtail; tagrag and bobtail

the riffraff; rabble:
The ragtag and bobtail of every nation poured into the frontier in search of gold.
Origin of ragtag and bobtail
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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rag-tag and bobtail

noun phrase

The rabble; hoi polloi: Oh Lord, deliver me from the rag-tag and bobtail

[1820+; tag-rag and bobtail is found by 1659; bobtail, ''cur, lout,'' by 1619]

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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