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  1. a bag in which small pieces of cloth are kept for use in mending.

  2. a mixture or conglomeration: a ragbag of facts, half-truths, and blatant lies.

Origin of ragbag

First recorded in 1810–20; rag1 + bag

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How to use ragbag in a sentence

  • My mother had cut out the divisions from various bits in the rag-bag, and my sister had done some of the seaming.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales | Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • I jest tucked it in there, because I wasnt goin upstairs to my rag–bag then, and knew it would be safe.

    Fighting the Sea | Edward A. Rand
  • I had my fit of woe up garret on the fat rag-bag, and then put my papers away, and fell to work at housekeeping.

    Louisa May Alcott | Louisa May Alcott
  • "Of course, our present spelling is but a rag-bag of lawlessness," I replied, for I was growing fond of my description of it.

  • There is not a thought in my mind that you shall not know--bad, good, and indifferent--if you care to turn out the rag-bag.

    Lady Rose's Daughter | Mrs. Humphry Ward

British Dictionary definitions for ragbag


/ (ˈræɡˌbæɡ) /

  1. a bag for storing odd rags

  2. a confused assortment; jumble: a ragbag of ideas

  1. informal a scruffy or slovenly person

Origin of ragbag


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