riff-raff


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Riff-raff

 a rabble; a mob; persons of the lowest class in the community. See also raff.
Examples: riff-raff of knaves, 1486; of the parish, 1686; of the people, 1619; of the scribbling rascality, 1593; of the world, 1545.
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riff-raff

noun rabble, undesirables, scum, hoi polloi, dregs of society, canaille (French), ragtag and bobtail That helps to keep out the riff-raff.
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riff-raff

[ˈrɪfræf] Ngentuza f, chusma f
and all the riff-raff of the neighbourhoody todos los sinvergüenzas del barrio

riff-raff

riffraff [ˈrɪfræf] nracaille f
References in classic literature ?
He loved people of doubtful occupations and shifty purposes; and his acquaintance among the riff-raff that frequents the bars of London was enormous.
Don't take the throwing out of the Bill so much to heart, Brooke; you've got all the riff-raff of the country on your side.
Ye can apollygise to riff-raff of the streets for settin' yer unhandy feet on the tails of their frocks, but ye'd walk on the neck of yer wife the length of a clothes-line without so much as a 'Kiss me fut,' and I'm sure it's that long from rubberin' out the windy for ye and the victuals cold such as there's money to buy after drinkin' up yer wages at Gallegher's every Saturday evenin', and the gas man here twice to-day for his.
The Hobo, my dear fellow, is the name for that particular place of detention in city and county jails wherein are assembled tramps, drunks, beggars, and the riff-raff of petty offenders.
So long as this 'ouse is known indefinite as Billickin's, and so long as it is a doubt with the riff-raff where Billickin may be hidin', near the street-door or down the airy, and what his weight and size, so long I feel safe.
I am a bit of dirty riff-raff, and a genuine scrap of tag, rag, and bobtail.
A peculiar circumstance attracted his attention: there seemed to be some kind of festivity going on, there were crowds of gaily dressed townspeople, peasant women, their husbands, and riff-raff of all sorts, all singing and all more or less drunk.
The pro-government Sabah daily described a regulatory order against Boyner as "a warning to the riff-raff Boyner from the stock exchange".
Her North Walian indifference to rugby football, the spinster cocking her nose at the religion of the riff-raff probably also appealed to him, for the idea of a riff-raff was always firmly implanted in his mind, especially where education was concerned.
I will be out with the riff-raff on non-show courts" - John Inverdale, whose role as a BBC Wimbledon commentator has been revised.
One of its ways of weeding out the riff-raff is a [euro]7,500 annual membership fee, plus [euro]2,500 to join.
The reason I wrote Riff-raff was because I had such a positive reaction to Memoirs and people kept asking me what happened next.