Definition of rag-and-bone in English:

rag-and-bone

adjective

  • 1Designating a collector or seller of old clothes and other discarded items that can be reused; especially in "rag-and-bone man".

  • 2Designating or relating to the collecting and selling of old clothes and other discarded items; especially designating a shop from which such items are sold (also figurative).

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Old Bailey. From rag + and + bone.

Pronunciation

rag-and-bone

/ˌraɡ(ə)n(d)ˈbəʊn/