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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


[ˈrægpɪkəʳ] Ntrapero m
References in classic literature ?
"I'll give you four pennies for your A-B-C book," said a ragpicker who stood by.
"Ragpickers used to give garbage to private people in exchange for money.
WWF-Pakistan, in collaboration with a beverage company, has formally reached out to waste dealers and ragpickers for the very first time, with an inclusive approach to facilitate key stakeholders in creating a 'Pakistan without Waste'.
Tenders are invited for Ragpickers kalyan yojana antargat hitgrahiyon ko samagri praday
Even though they were aware of the recyclable collection provided by the municipal service and the existence of ragpickers where they lived, they still did not seem motivated to practice their knowledge as workers at home.
For ragpickers, sifting through garbage and collecting recyclable material such as a kilo of paper fetches them Rs 15 while it is Rs 30 per kilo for bottles.
A few hundred thousand people earn money from being ragpickers in Delhi.
"Ragpickers of Modernity: Rivera Garza's Nadie me vera llorar and Walter Benjamin's Theses on the Philosophy of History".
Only up to 20% was recycled after being segregated by ragpickers. Till a year back, Indore was choking in smog.
Thus young Jagtap's first brush with the 'industry' was a project which set up a plastic recycling unit, to augment the income of ragpickers. But the unit was often idle, as ragpickers did not have a reliable source of plastic waste.
While Gioni celebrates the gleaners and ragpickers, what determines their relevance to the present are the ways in which they distill meaning from their reorganized detritus, whether through the conceptual process of taxonomic classification, serial repetition, progressive sequencing, or sheer accumulation.