- ragged or shabby; disheveled.
- made up of mixed, often diverse, elements: a ragtag crowd.
Origin of ragtag
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Examples from the Web for ragtag
Their only obstacle is an underfunded, ragtag group of locals who want to preserve the environment.Koch Brothers Invade Tiny Iron County, Wisconsin
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Wildlings: The name given to the ragtag barbarians (see: free folk) who live north of the Wall.‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 for Dummies
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The former senator with the ragtag operation has been the streaky candidate who falls just short of winning the big ones.Rick Santorum Whistling Dixie With Projected Wins in Alabama and Mississippi Primaries
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While ragtag fighters duked it out on the ground, an elite crew of NATO planes ran the show from the sky.Libya War’s Unsung Heroes
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Our ragtag, low-budget location-scout group included Tate, co-producer Sonya Lunsford, Mark, Rena, and me.How We Made 'The Help'
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Strange, too, he came of good family; good blood in his veins; and yet he seems to have gone right down with the ragtag.Quiet Talks on Power
Without the populace having any hand in it, the ragtag and bobtail of the strangers became bolder and shouted more and more.The Legend of Ulenspiegel
Charles de Coster
To make myself amiable and pay court to all the ragtag and bobtail is not in my line.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
- derogatory the common people; rabble (esp in the phrase ragtag and bobtail)
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Word Origin and History for ragtag
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