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We set it, double-reefed, which made it but a rag of a sail, and yet the ship felt it directly.

Every rag of raiment that man has on he stole from my husband's wardrobe at the Hall.

You'll feel like a rag by to-morrow, and then I hope you'll take a good rest.

Dra—— the owld man, but he'll have every rag off the back of me!

"I suppose that depends on your definition of fame—and of a rag," Eric answered.

If you don't, that Powless woman will come back and buy every stick and rag on the place.

Out of sight out of mind, and these sailor lads have a rag on lots of bushes.

Bless me, Kitty, there won't be a rag left at me when I get through this everin'.

"Make it a rag shop at once," said Davy, as he went on quietly with his work.

"A rag shop it is, and I'll 'ave no more of it," said the waiter loftily.

WORD ORIGIN

scrap of cloth, early 14c., probably from Old Norse rögg "shaggy tuft," earlier raggw-, or possibly from Old Danish rag (see rug), or a back-formation from ragged, It also may represent an unrecorded Old English cognate of Old Norse rögg. Watkins traces the Old Norse word through Proto-Germanic *rawwa-, from PIE root *reue- "to smash, knock down, tear up, uproot" (see rough (adj.)).

As an insulting term for "newspaper, magazine" it dates from 1734; slang for "tampon, sanitary napkin" is attested from 1930s (on the rag "menstruating" is from 1948). Rags "personal clothing" is from 1855 (singular), American English. Rags-to-riches "rise from poverty to wealth" is attested by 1896. Rag-picker is from 1860; rag-shop from 1829.

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