a peddler who buys and sells used clothes, rags, etc.; junkman.
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Origin of rag-and-bone man
First recorded in 1850–55
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British a man who buys and sells discarded clothing, furniture, etcAlso called: ragman, ragpicker US equivalent: junkman
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