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[raf-er-tee] /ˈræf ər ti/
adjective, British, Australian.
confused; disorganized.
Origin of rafferty
British dialect
1925-30; orig. in the phrase Rafferty('s) rules no rules at all; perhaps identical with British dialect raffatory, ref(f)atory, alterations of refractory Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They would have to leave their home, of course; there would be no place for any rafferty in North Valley.

    King Coal Upton Sinclair
  • I went to the president of the club and told him that here was where we had to stop rafferty.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • It was at the foot of the "grade" on the rafferty place and was first named Belfast.

  • This year I watched rafferty's progress with something like envy.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • For twenty-five years or more rafferty's countrymen had appreciated this opportunity for power and gone after it.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • "rafferty's Ditch," the one notorious failure of Five Forks!

  • It wasn't more than a month later, by the way, that rafferty himself was appointed a foreman in the firm of Sweeney Brothers.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • rafferty, I would give ten years of my life to believe as you believe.

  • Hyacinth recognised the mark, and remembered that he had seen the identical pot on the upper shelf of rafferty's shop for years.

    Hyacinth George A. Birmingham
  • And now, rafferty, as one friend to another, will you let me help you?

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