Synonyms for rags

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The sky was now clear, the air frosty, and my rags were but a scant protection to me.

Rags and tidiness, filth and cleanliness, lay almost touching.

Levi's companion dropped to the sand without a sound, like a bundle of rags.

All hands were called, and the rags were rolled up, and the gaskets passed.

He was in rags, and carried the usual beggar's wallet for food or alms.

There were some rags in an open cupboard, also on the floor.

Your bank-notes had a musty odour, as if they were fast decomposing into rags again.

Anyhow we had rags with honor, and a right to make as much noise as we chose.

For just before us under the dump was a cave with walls of papers and rags.

An old man with a huge pack of rags turned slowly and stared after them.

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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