ragpicker

[rag-pik-er]
noun
a person who picks up rags and other waste material from the streets, refuse heaps, etc., for a livelihood.

Origin:
1855–60; rag1 + picker

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ragpicker

noun
an unskilled person who picks up rags from trash cans and public dumps as a means of livelihood 
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It became a ragpicker when the nation was engaged in any great political struggle.
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