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ragtag

[rag-tag] /ˈrægˌtæg/
adjective
1.
ragged or shabby; disheveled.
2.
made up of mixed, often diverse, elements:
a ragtag crowd.
Origin of ragtag
1880-1885
1880-85; rag1 + tag1
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ragtag

/ˈræɡˌtæɡ/
noun
1.
(derogatory) the common people; rabble (esp in the phrase ragtag and bobtail)
Word Origin
C19
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n.

also rag-tag, "ragged people collectively," 1820, from rag (n.) + tag (n.); originally in expression rag-tag and bobtail "the rabble" (tag-rag and bobtail is found in 1650s), with bobtail an old 17c. word for "cur." Tag and rag was "very common in 16-17th c." [OED]

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