One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A contemptible or worthless person.
scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doerView synonyms
- ‘He still thinks he's better than any of the little toerags he has to coach.’
- ‘Those two toerags are canvassing for what they believe is going to be a bodiless war.’
- ‘Contrary to the on-field image of a narky, moaning toerag who strops as easily as he struts his skills, the ‘real-life’ character is far more personable, amusing and infinitely more likeable.’
- ‘I'd been expecting the coaches to be ruthless, overly competitive, blowing whistles and shouting: ‘No, you useless toerag, hit the deck and give me 20.’’
- ‘So last week some toerag flytipped some garden rubbish on the farm, so we tidied it up and tried to burn it.’
- ‘You hear them called toerags, but that is too nice for them.’
- ‘If only the local toerags sitting opposite knew what thrills these cardboard tubes contained.’
- ‘Why would anyone trust anything the lying toerags said without proof?’
- ‘There have always been toerags but not as many as today.’
- ‘But don't you think a mayoral chain of office would be just a little too ostentatious, even for your most dumb-witted feral toerag on the street?’
- ‘Also, anyone who refuses to kowtow to that toerag is OK with me.’
- ‘The toddler-shooting toerag is facing his trial.’
- ‘It is exactly the kind of place you would expect not to meet a toerag like me.’
- ‘They are taking out some of the young toerags for a while, but I am not certain how long that will last.’
- ‘A non-custodial sentence might be hard to bear for the unfortunate householder who has had the sanctity of his home violated by some amoral toerag.’
- ‘So long as they subsidise laziness, indulge envy, and give little toerags the benefit of the doubt then it doesn't surprise me that the little toerags will carry on.’
- ‘As soon as they'd finished singing every word of 'Morning Train', I thought the little toerags would shut up.’
- ‘If there wasn't religion then these evil toerags would find another excuse for beating each other.’
- ‘Last week the little toerag that delivers the paper left it on top of the letterbox, allowing Melbourne rain to do its evil work.’
Mid 19th century: originally denoting a rag wrapped round the foot as a sock or, by extension, the wearer (such as a vagrant).
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