ragtag and bobtail


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ragtag and bobtail

n.
The lowest social class; the rabble.
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rag′tag and bob′tail


n.
the riffraff or rabble.
[1810–20]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ragtag and bobtail - disparaging terms for the common people
common people, folk, folks - people in general (often used in the plural); "they're just country folk"; "folks around here drink moonshine"; "the common people determine the group character and preserve its customs from one generation to the next"
scum, trash - worthless people
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ragtag and bobtail

noun
A group of persons regarded as the lowest class:
dreg (often used in plural), lumpenproletariat, rabble, riffraff, trash.
Slang: scum.
Idioms: scum of the earth, tag and rag, the great unwashed.
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Our electoral system is designed to enable governments to govern, not to have any ragtag and bobtail band of MPs hijack it whenever they feel like it.
But since then, when the party appeared to be a useful and serious addition to the British political scene, Ukip has degenerated into a ragtag and bobtail outfit, sliding dangerously towards the extreme right of British politics.
A ragtag and bobtail collection of individuals, led by charismatic Italian boss Claudio Ranieri, winning the Premier League against huge odds.