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bedraggle

[bih-drag-uh l]
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verb (used with object), be·drag·gled, be·drag·gling.
  1. to make limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt.
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Origin of bedraggle

First recorded in 1720–30; be- + draggle
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  • Instead of cultivating your graces you bedraggle them with labor!

    For Gold or Soul?

    Lurana W. Sheldon


British Dictionary definitions for bedraggle

bedraggle

verb
  1. (tr) to make (hair, clothing, etc) limp, untidy, or dirty, as with rain or mud
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Word Origin and History for bedraggle

v.

1727, from be- + draggle, frequentative of drag.

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