One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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 A miscellaneous collection of things.‘a ragbag of reforms is now being discussed’
jumble, hotchpotch, hodgepodge, mishmash, mess, confusion, hash, pastiche, farragoView synonyms
- ‘The denser these belief-belief relations are, the more a given system is a genuine system and not just a ragbag of unrelated opinions.’
- ‘He accepted her own counsel's description that it was ‘a ragbag of contradictions.’’
- ‘We can do so much better than this tawdry ragbag of liars, thieves and war criminals.’
- ‘Instead there was a ragbag of patients from all strata of society being wheeled around looking rather forlorn.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The fuel protests are a ragbag of different interests.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A healthy, slightly overweight man had been reduced to a ragbag of bones in a matter of months.’
- ‘The largest chapter in the book is titled ‘Tourism, Society, and the Political Economy’, in which Chambers examines a ragbag of issues.’
- ‘This wasn't a ragbag of promises and emollient phrases designed to patch up a political problem, as some previous ones have been.’
- ‘Even he could not deny that Rentokil's ‘highly diversified portfolio’ was in fact a thinly disguised ragbag of corporate clutter.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The sales tax on clothing should drop into the ragbag of history, a move that Mayor Giuliani proposed and Albany rejected.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The first film is a ragbag of disconnected routines built around the flimsiest of plots, taken directly from a successful stage revue.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This is a ragbag of delights and compromises, as all such compilations are.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.2British informal A woman dressed in an untidy way.
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