One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who collects or deals in rags, old clothes, and other items.
- ‘Chagall became a famous artist in Paris, and my father became a famous ragman in Amsterdam, New York.’
- ‘But the most memorable was the ragman and his cart.’
- ‘I remember my mother just catching me before I handed my Sunday coat to the ragman and before someone else's offspring wore it.’
- ‘Elkin does not wonder what it would be like if he were an elderly ragman, a peddler trundling a cart down the street and crying ‘Regs, all cloze.’’
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