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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.
His name was John Raffles, and he sometimes wrote jocosely W.
I was irresistibly reminded of my poor dear old Raffles.
Raffles himself had merely discarded his dining jacket for one of his innumerable blazers.
I shan't know what to do with them; unless I raffle them off.
Consequently the advertisement was withdrawn at a dead loss - for as to sherry, my poor dear mother's own sherry was in the market then - and ten years afterwards, the caul was put up in a raffle down in our part of the country, to fifty members at half-a-crown a head, the winner to spend five shillings.
To keep senators in the interest of the crown, it was proposed that the members should raffle for employment; every man first taking an oath, and giving security, that he would vote for the court, whether he won or not; after which, the losers had, in their turn, the liberty of raffling upon the next vacancy.
The raffle and confusion when he and Harvey were hauled up the bark's black side was indescribable.
A raffle of trailing ropes entangled him as he struck out to swim.
Clear that raffle," I answered, pointing to the tangled wreckage overside.
First he told me he would put in for me to raffle, and did so; and some small matter coming to his lot, he presented it to me (I think it was a feather muff); then he continued to keep talking to me with a more than common appearance of respect, but still very civil, and much like a gentleman.