How tiresome a reverse fashion show the movie provided in rags, carbuncles, gimpy legs, and bad teeth?
Lloyd Grove on his relations with the ‘Young Guns,’ his dislike of Hill rags—and his hyperambitious teammates in the new regime.
Dressed in rags, a man and woman stand ankle-deep in a swamp.
The American dream of rags to riches feels attainable the minute your airplane lands on the Strip.
In one corner, Poppo kept water and some rags for washing up.
He thought of the people he had seen shivering in winter streets; so this was how they felt in their rags.
The sky was now clear, the air frosty, and my rags were but a scant protection to me.
The rugs might be in rags and he would never ask me to replenish.
rags and tidiness, filth and cleanliness, lay almost touching.
Our great fire lit up the pines at midnight and our men of rags crept up on all sides to the feast.
scrap of cloth, early 14c., probably from Old Norse rögg "shaggy tuft," earlier raggw-, or possibly from Old Danish rag (see rug), or a back-formation from ragged, It also may represent an unrecorded Old English cognate of Old Norse rögg. Watkins traces the Old Norse word through Proto-Germanic *rawwa-, from PIE root *reue- "to smash, knock down, tear up, uproot" (see rough (adj.)).
As an insulting term for "newspaper, magazine" it dates from 1734; slang for "tampon, sanitary napkin" is attested from 1930s (on the rag "menstruating" is from 1948). Rags "personal clothing" is from 1855 (singular), American English. Rags-to-riches "rise from poverty to wealth" is attested by 1896. Rag-picker is from 1860; rag-shop from 1829.
"scold," 1739, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Danish dialectal rag "grudge." Related: Ragged; ragging. Cf. bullyrag, ballarag "intimidate" (1807).