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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. 2017.
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  • But I guess Hale's memory is like a ragbag—stuffed with odds and ends that he can't get hold of when he wants 'em.

    Betty Gordon in Washington Alice B. Emerson
  • He was dreadfully dirty and unshaven, his collar and frock-coat looked as if they had been fished up from a ragbag.

    Ditte: Girl Alive! Martin Andersen Nexo
  • I don't want a walrus, thirty years old, with ragbag clothes that fit her a foot off.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • Her mind was like a ragbag into which she had been frantically thrusting whatever she could grab.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • Phil's outfit might have come from the ragbag, too, it was so tattered and patched.

    The Story of Dago Annie Fellows-Johnston
  • "As if any man would want to squeeze such a ragbag o' tawdry finery and milliners' tinsel," said Radisson afterward to me.

    Heralds of Empire Agnes C. Laut
British Dictionary definitions for ragbag


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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