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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
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riff-raff

riffraff [ˈrɪfræf] nracaille f
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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.
As to you, prince, are you not ashamed?--I repeat, are you not ashamed, to mix with such riff-raff? I will never forgive you!"
Drawn up haughtily, with her head held high, she gazed at the "riff-raff," with scornful curiosity.
She arranged her cloak with hands that trembled with anger as she waited for the "riff-raff "to go.
"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."
I am a bit of dirty riff-raff, and a genuine scrap of tag, rag, and bobtail.'
"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."
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 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.
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