rag tag

ragtag

[rag-tag]
adjective
1.
ragged or shabby; disheveled.
2.
made up of mixed, often diverse, elements: a ragtag crowd.

Origin:
1880–85; rag1 + tag1

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ragtag (ˈræɡˌtæɡ)
 
n
derogatory the common people; rabble (esp in the phrase ragtag and bobtail)
 
[C19]

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ragtag
1820, from rag (n.) + tag; originally in expression rag-tag and bobtail "the rabble" (tag-rag and bobtail is found in 1659), from bobtail "cur," 1619. Tag and rag was "very common in 16-17th c." [OED]
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