n. & a.1.The lowest class of people; the rabble. Cf. Rag, tag, and bobtail, under Bobtail.
If the tag-rag people did not clap him and hiss him, I am no true man.
- Shak.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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My aunt told me about some tag-rag. Was she full of them when you saw her?
Now thou shalt not have so much as one tag-rag of my coat, even could it save thee from hanging."
He was a Brahmin, so high-caste that caste ceased to have any particular meaning for him; and his father had been an important official in the gay-coloured tag-rag and bobtail of an old-fashioned Hindu Court.