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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RAGAMUFFIN

"I'll give you the bulliest shine you ever had," said the ragamuffin.

I feel enough like a sneakin' ragamuffin and housebreaker as 'tis.

Then he is known as the "ragamuffin," on account of his covering of rags.

For this exploit the ragamuffin is lauding him to the skies.

Playing marbles with some of your ragamuffin friends, I suppose.

An artist would still have said, "How handsome that ragamuffin must have been!"

Do you mean to say that a ragamuffin like you had fifty dollars?

It's a likely story that a ragamuffin like you would be trusted with so much money.

Of course, there are some good among them, as with other ‘ragamuffin’ ramblers.

The giant looked contemptuously at the tailor, and said: 'You ragamuffin!

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "demon," also in surnames (Isabella Ragamuffyn, 1344), from Middle English raggi "ragged" ("rag-y"?) + fanciful ending (or else second element is Middle Dutch muffe "mitten"). Or, as Johnson has it, "From rag and I know not what else." Ragged was used of the devil from c.1300 in reference to "shaggy" appearance. Raggeman was used by Langland as the name of a demon, and cf. Old French Ragamoffyn, name of a demon in a mystery play. Sense of "dirty, disreputable boy" is from 1580s. Cf. in the same sense ragabash (c.1600).

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