ragtag and bobtail

or rag, tag, and bobtail; tagrag and bobtail

Origin of ragtag and bobtail

First recorded in 1810–20
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Historical Examples of rag-tag and bobtail

  • Think of the rag-tag-and-bobtail they will bring with them!'


    George Gissing

  • It has the credit of leading public opinion, when it only follows it; and look at the rag-tag-and-bobtail that contribute to it.