Definition of ragbag in English:



  • 1A bag in which scraps of fabric and old clothes are kept for use.

    • ‘They were made from second-hand jute burlap and scraps of fabric pulled from ragbags and storage bins.’
    1. 1.1A miscellaneous collection of things.
      ‘a ragbag of reforms is now being discussed’
      • ‘And we remain deeply sceptical about a ragbag of other provisions, including the proposed new offence of incitement to religious hatred, all unnecessarily swept into a package of emergency legislation.’
      • ‘Instead there was a ragbag of patients from all strata of society being wheeled around looking rather forlorn.’
      • ‘A healthy, slightly overweight man had been reduced to a ragbag of bones in a matter of months.’
      • ‘Anderson's obvious enthusiasm has rubbed off on the rest of Floro's squad, which is made up of a ragbag of rejects with points to prove.’
      • ‘In contrast, those with luck on their side will probably refer to bulletin boards, Sunday broadsheets and own a ragbag collection of different companies without any common theme.’
      • ‘We can do so much better than this tawdry ragbag of liars, thieves and war criminals.’
      • ‘This is a ragbag of delights and compromises, as all such compilations are.’
      • ‘The first film is a ragbag of disconnected routines built around the flimsiest of plots, taken directly from a successful stage revue.’
      • ‘This wasn't a ragbag of promises and emollient phrases designed to patch up a political problem, as some previous ones have been.’
      • ‘The denser these belief-belief relations are, the more a given system is a genuine system and not just a ragbag of unrelated opinions.’
      • ‘The largest chapter in the book is titled ‘Tourism, Society, and the Political Economy’, in which Chambers examines a ragbag of issues.’
      • ‘Somebody appears to have gone to an immense amount of trouble to assemble a ragbag of every kind of mumbo-jumbo and superstition; a great waste of time, in my opinion.’
      • ‘The sales tax on clothing should drop into the ragbag of history, a move that Mayor Giuliani proposed and Albany rejected.’
      • ‘The fuel protests are a ragbag of different interests.’
      • ‘The food is not dressy, and the casual mood - derived from a ragbag of bar furniture, closely arranged tables and log-burning fires - is fully intended.’
      • ‘He accepted her own counsel's description that it was ‘a ragbag of contradictions.’’
      • ‘Even he could not deny that Rentokil's ‘highly diversified portfolio’ was in fact a thinly disguised ragbag of corporate clutter.’
      • ‘The channel presents a ragbag of cooking programmes aimed at the long suffering housewife.’
      • ‘The only thing which has bound this ragbag together has been a distrust of the European Union.’
      • ‘My memory is a ragbag of half-remembered lines, half-forgotten verses, a disorganised anthology in which the phrase ‘and rum-ti-tum’ constantly recurs.’
      jumble, hotchpotch, hodgepodge, mishmash, mess, confusion, hash, pastiche, farrago
      assortment, mixture, miscellany, medley, motley, motley collection, mixed bag, melange, mix, blend, variety, diversity, collection, selection, assemblage, combination, conglomeration, pot-pourri
      mingle-mangle, gallimaufry, omnium gatherum, olio, salmagundi, macédoine
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    2. 1.2British informal A woman dressed in an untidy way.