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Examples of ragtag in a Sentence
a ragtag group of musicians
the team was a ragtag bunch who had only one thing in common: a lack of skill
Recent Examples of ragtag from the Web
Nevertheless, Ahab exacts total obedience from his ragtag men, with one exception: his prudent first mate, Starbuck (the superb Kareem Bandealy), who though firm and unyielding to his last breath is nevertheless undone by Ahab's preternatural fury.
She is unexpectedly aided by a ragtag guerrilla group called the Animal Liberation Front, headed by its spacey activist, Jay (Paul Dano).
On the street style front, the singer Soko showed up with a ragtag group of dudes all donning dresses last year at Paris Fashion Week.
His story concerned a ragtag group of international swindlers colluding and colliding along the French Riviera.
Flag Day, June 14, is also the anniversary of the Bear Flag Revolt, a ragtag three-week rebellion that declared California an independent republic.
When 9/11 happened, al Qaeda was a ragtag army of several hundred.
The resistance was a ragtag group of rebels trying to battle the Cylons, who seem to greatly outnumber them.
When Zhong Renhui joined the Red Army in the early '30s, the communist troops were a ragtag corps of peasants.
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Breaking Down ragtag
Tag and rag was a relatively common expression in the 16th and 17th centuries, and it was often used pejoratively to refer to members of the lower classes of society. By the 18th century, the phrase had been expanded to "rag, tag and bobtail." That expression could mean either "the lower classes" or "the entire lot of something" (as opposed to just the more desirable parts - the entire unit of an army, for example, not just its more capable soldiers). Something described as "ragtag and bobtail," then, was usually common and unspectacular. "Ragtag and bobtail" was eventually shortened to "ragtag," the adjective we know today, which can describe an odd mixture that is often hastily assembled or second-rate.
Origin and Etymology of ragtag
ragtag and bobtail
First Known Use: 1865See Words from the same year
RAGTAG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ragtag for English Language Learners
: made up of different people or things and not organized or put together well
RAGTAG Defined for Kids
Definition of ragtag for Students
: not well organized or put together The ragtag team somehow won the game.
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