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- ‘He is at his best when relieving a skinflint widow of her wealth, sorting out a king's love life or abandoning a band of raggle-taggle Gypsies to become an itinerant actor.’
- ‘The cover alone demonstrates this, with Scott joined by his raggle-taggle brethren in front of Spiddal House, the ivy-clad old mansion house where the record was eventually finished.’
- ‘Whatever happens, it's a patched-up, raggle-taggle army heading for Milan on Thursday.’
- ‘There was a raggle-taggle look to Smith's team just as there had been on his debut as manager against Italy in Milan.’
- ‘Looking back, there was definitely a time when my raggle-taggle mates and I wouldn't be seen dead travelling anywhere but on the top deck of the bus.’
- ‘Thousands of young ones, all raggle-taggle but gathered together, all prepared to be clowns and make idiots of themselves.’
- ‘A raggle-taggle clamour of children curls by, banging homemade drums and startling an old man who has been praying into his wrinkled brown hands.’
- ‘They were a bunch of raggle-taggle wanderers, individuals, cast away from society to partake on the last quest of each of their lives.’
- ‘Danne, after a brief reunion on her return from Africa, had vanished with some raggle-taggle gypsy or other to Paris.’
- ‘They wandered past the sandwich shop, a raggle-taggle band of urban warriors, uniformed and disaffected, disillusioned, disowned.’
- ‘We thought we were raggle-taggle gypsies one and all, despite the fact that we were actually middle-class A-level students.’
- ‘Whatever about the difficulty of county teams coming back year after year, it is even harder for club managers to hold their raggle-taggle bunch together.’
- ‘The four of them performed a rousing song about a lady who runs off with a raggle-taggle gypsy that had the crowd clapping and stomping with the beat.’
- ‘His new album is a return to the big band days of The Waterboys, before the long, slow decline into the raggle-taggle craze of the mid-1980s.’
- ‘He is an executive producer for this picture, but has only a strained cameo as safecracker who uses a wheelchair, advising a raggle-taggle bunch of thieves on how to pull a job.’
- ‘Compared with the military power of Soviet communism, they are a raggle-taggle army on the run.’
- ‘How different this was from Sam's own raggle-taggle tribe and topsy-turvy house!’
- ‘Together they join a former mujaheddin leader as he takes a raggle-taggle force east, intent on establishing a regional base for grabbing greater power.’
- ‘You never know quite where to look, or even where to stand so you don't get knocked over by the march of history and raggle-taggle humanity being swept this way and that.’
Early 20th century: apparently a fanciful variant of ragtag.
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