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raf·fle 1

A lottery in which a number of persons buy chances to win a prize.
v. raf·fled, raf·fling, raf·fles
To dispose of in a raffle. Often used with off.
To conduct or take part in a raffle.

[Middle English rafle, a game using dice, from Old French, act of seizing, dice game, perhaps of Germanic origin.]

raf′fler n.

raf·fle 2

Rubbish; debris.

[Probably from French rafle, act of seizing, from Old French; see raffle1.]


(Biography) Sir Thomas Stamford. 1781–1826, British colonial administrator: founded Singapore (1819) as a station for the British East India Company
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Noun1.Raffles - British colonial administrator who founded Singapore (1781-1826)
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Raffles was a villain, when all is written; it is no service to his memory to glaze the fact; yet I have done so myself before to-day.
One other was involved in it, one dearer to me than Raffles himself, one whose name shall not even now be sullied by association with ours.
That may be gauged when I confess that this was how the matter stood on the night I gave a worthless check for my losses at baccarat, and afterward turned to Raffles in my need.
A true Londoner, however, I myself had never heard of it until Raffles casually proposed a raid.
The stars shone overhead, the lights of London underneath, and between the lips of Raffles a cigarette of the old and only brand.
I, however, was sending him daily screeds, and both matutinal and nocturnal telegrams, the composition of which afforded Raffles not a little enjoyment.
His name was John Raffles, and he sometimes wrote jocosely W.
Yes, I've done," said Raffles, taking hold of his hat which stood before him on the table, and giving it a sort of oratorical push.
As Rigg pronounced the last words he turned round and looked at Raffles with his prominent frozen eyes.
Raffles himself had merely discarded his dining jacket for one of his innumerable blazers.
Not one of them was worth the paper it was written on, Raffles.
Raffles continued to pace the rich carpet that was of a piece with everything else in his rooms.