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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
The resistance was a ragtag group of rebels trying to battle the Cylons, who seem to greatly outnumber them.
Laika is an odd assemblage, a remarkable ragtag band of misfits, mole people, and brilliant, beautiful freaks.
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Did You Know?
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: 1865
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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