a person who picks up rags and other waste material from the streets, refuse heaps, etc., for a livelihood.
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How to use ragpicker in a sentence
The Paris ragpicker is seldom seen in the streets by day: his most profitable season is the night.
The scavenger and the ragpicker, being the lowest grade of blousards, do not always rise to the dignity even of a blouse.
What if the ragpicker's daughters are hastening over the ocean to teach your children in the public schools?The Promised Land | Mary Antin
"That part being settled, my young fellow, you must now settle scores with us," proceeded the ragpicker.The Galley Slave's Ring | Eugne Sue
The group of armed men, the ragpicker excepted, who stood around the thief, consulted for a moment in a low voice.The Galley Slave's Ring | Eugne Sue