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One who makes a living scavenging rags and other refuse.


(Professions) Brit another word for rag-and-bone man


(ˈrægˌpɪk ər)

a person who picks up rags and other waste material from the streets, refuse heaps, etc., for a livelihood.
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Noun1.ragpicker - an unskilled person who picks up rags from trash cans and public dumps as a means of livelihoodragpicker - an unskilled person who picks up rags from trash cans and public dumps as a means of livelihood
unskilled person - a person who lacks technical training


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I'll give you four pennies for your A-B-C book," said a ragpicker who stood by.
A ragpicker was killed and a passerby injured as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED)blast on Hyderabad's Qasimabad road on Monday night.
Nearly 200 readers have now signed up for a copy of Refugees Worldwide, which is being issued through Ragpicker Press.
The story of the film themed on"where has the time gone" shows a bond shared between an old man and an orphan ragpicker, played by Annu Kapoor and child actor Master Devrath.
These locales are summoned in Bengston's titles and motifs, and have contributed to the sense of his having reimagined the modernist ragpicker as a free-spirited beachcomber.
The modern artist--and "artist" includes, here, not only Mary-Lee Swann and a number of novelists appearing in the text; it also includes the main characters, Miles, Bing, Ellen and Alice--is his own impressario, displaying herself or himself in various identities like Baudelaire: the flAneur is one of them, the ragpicker is another.
A child ragpicker wades through a lake in Bhopal, India, looking for clothes, coins, and wood to collect and resell after a local festival.
To the best of our knowledge, there has been only one prior empirical study investigating psychiatric disorders in the ragpicker population (da Silva, Fassa, & Kriebel, 2006) and this study did not address how their children may be affected.
The company said Walking Paris Streets with Eugene Atget: Inspired Stories About the Ragpicker, Lampshade Vendor, and Other Characters and Places of Old France will available in paperback priced at USD19.
The historian devoted to this work moves among the residue of the past like a ragpicker rummaging through refuse in the streets.
Like the artist, the ragpicker Colardet, model for The Absinthe Drinker (1859), constructed multiple personas from scavenged costumes, consigning him to a perpetual state of disguise.