ragged or shabby; disheveled.
made up of mixed, often diverse, elements: a ragtag crowd.
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How to use ragtag in a sentence
In the end, this ragtag band finally acquires the sutra scrolls from a surprisingly worldly-wise Buddha and achieves a kind of sainthood for themselves.The action-packed saga ‘Monkey King: Journey to the West’ gets a modern take | Michael Dirda | March 3, 2021 | Washington Post
That means the Super Bowl could be decided in the Bucs’ defensive backfield, even while a battle rages between Tampa Bay’s linebackers and Kansas City’s ragtag band of big men up front.Kansas City’s Banged Up O-Line Has Given Patrick Mahomes Plenty Of Time — Not That He Needs It | Josh Hermsmeyer | February 5, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Sometimes, part of instilling a new culture in a ragtag organization and gradually increasing confidence within a losing team is to lose with tough dignity to the best team on your schedule.Pittsburgh’s misshapen schedule has offered Washington a lucky break — and a chance | Thomas M. Boswell | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
The Confederacy is one of history’s big losers, but it’s one thing to lose to the United States of America and another thing entirely to lose to a ragtag band of Mississippians who spent a lot of time hanging out in the swamp.These Pioneers Tried to Get the Confederate Flag Out of Mississippi 156 Years Ago | Fiona Zublin | December 3, 2020 | Ozy
I also remember the impressive journalists in the room, such as Ken Auletta, Steven Levy, and the late Wall Street Journal reporting legend John Wilke, the leader of our ragtag coverage army.The Google antitrust case is nothing compared to the 1999 Microsoft case | Aaron Pressman | October 21, 2020 | Fortune
Their only obstacle is an underfunded, ragtag group of locals who want to preserve the environment.
Wildlings: The name given to the ragtag barbarians (see: free folk) who live north of the Wall.
The former senator with the ragtag operation has been the streaky candidate who falls just short of winning the big ones.Rick Santorum Whistling Dixie With Projected Wins in Alabama and Mississippi Primaries | Howard Kurtz | March 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
He dreams about them, theorizes about them, talks about them with every fellow ragtag con man he encounters.Umberto Eco’s 'The Prague Cemetery' Brings to Life Ancient Hate | Daniel Levin | November 12, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
While ragtag fighters duked it out on the ground, an elite crew of NATO planes ran the show from the sky.
Without the populace having any hand in it, the ragtag and bobtail of the strangers became bolder and shouted more and more.The Legend of Ulenspiegel | Charles de Coster
We had thirty men with us, a more or less ragtag lot, picked up anyhow in the bazaars.The Land of Footprints | Stewart Edward White
Strange, too, he came of good family; good blood in his veins; and yet he seems to have gone right down with the ragtag.Quiet Talks on Power | S.D. Gordon
And so, along with the rest of the coastwise ragtag, which was seeking harbor and holding-ground, came the ancient schooner Polly.Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
To make myself amiable and pay court to all the ragtag and bobtail is not in my line.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
British Dictionary definitions for ragtag
derogatory the common people; rabble (esp in the phrase ragtag and bobtail)
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