ragtag and bobtail
noun Etymology: 1rag + 1tag Date: 1820 rabble

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • ragtag and bobtail — noun disparaging terms for the common people • Syn: ↑rabble, ↑riffraff, ↑ragtag • Hypernyms: ↑folk, ↑folks, ↑common people • Hyponyms: ↑trash …   Useful english dictionary

  • ragtag and bobtail — the riffraff; rabble: The ragtag and bobtail of every nation poured into the frontier in search of gold. Also, rag, tag, and bobtail; tagrag and bobtail. [1810 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • ragtag and bobtail — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A group of persons regarded as the lowest class: dreg (often used in plural), lumpenpro letanat, rabble, riffraff, trash. Slang: scum. Idioms: scum of the earth, tag and rag, the great unwashed. See OVER, RICH …   English dictionary for students

  • ragtag and bobtail — rag′tag and bob′tail n. the riffraff or rabble • Etymology: 1810–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • tagrag and bobtail. — See ragtag and bobtail. Also, tag, rag, and bobtail. * * * …   Universalium

  • tagrag and bobtail. — See ragtag and bobtail. Also, tag, rag, and bobtail …   Useful english dictionary

  • rag, tag, and bobtail — noun or ragtag and bobtail : rabble, riffraff the rag, tag, and bobtail of the city Kenneth Roberts a ragtag and bobtail army F.V.W.Mason …   Useful english dictionary

  • ragtag — [rag′tag΄] n. [ RAG1 + TAG] the lowest classes; rabble: usually ragtag and bobtail adj. 1. raggedy, unkempt, disorderly, etc. 2. made up of mixed or ill sorted elements …   English World dictionary

  • bobtail — bob|tail [ˈbɔbteıl US ˈba:b ] n →ragtag and bobtail at ↑ragtag …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bobtail — noun (C) a) a horse or dog whose tail has been cut short b) a tail that has been cut short see also: ragtag and bobtail ragtag (2) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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