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ragged school

noun
1.
(in Britain, formerly) a free elementary school for poor children
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  • She talked with her husband, and they opened a “ragged school” for children.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • It is still retained by the members of the above Church as a ragged school.

    Chelsea George Bryan
  • The ragged school Union has its ramifications in every part of the metropolis.

    The Night Side of London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • A ragged school has also been built which bears his name, and in which the good work he inaugurated in Plymouth is now carried on.

    Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers William Edward Winks
  • So much was her make that of a thief, that I doubt whether training in a ragged school would have had much effect upon her.

  • The ragged school was the one in which he was so much interested, and that he had been instrumental in establishing.

    Gladys, the Reaper

    Anne Beale
  • The ragged school children loved him, and through them, he got at the hearts of some of their degraded parents.

    Gladys, the Reaper

    Anne Beale
  • No one has such power over the poor untutored heathen children of the ragged school as she has, and no one loves them as she does.

    Gladys, the Reaper

    Anne Beale
  • Some four years before, a miserable girl of eleven years old had become one of his ragged school children.

    Gladys, the Reaper

    Anne Beale
  • Her little girl was one of the many examples of the blessed effects of a ragged school.

    Gladys, the Reaper

    Anne Beale

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