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adjective as in mangy

noun as in ragtag and bobtail

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In the end, this ragtag band finally acquires the sutra scrolls from a surprisingly worldly-wise Buddha and achieves a kind of sainthood for themselves.

That means the Super Bowl could be decided in the Bucs’ defensive backfield, even while a battle rages between Tampa Bay’s linebackers and Kansas City’s ragtag band of big men up front.

Sometimes, part of instilling a new culture in a ragtag organization and gradually increasing confidence within a losing team is to lose with tough dignity to the best team on your schedule.

The Confederacy is one of history’s big losers, but it’s one thing to lose to the United States of America and another thing entirely to lose to a ragtag band of Mississippians who spent a lot of time hanging out in the swamp.

From Ozy

I also remember the impressive journalists in the room, such as Ken Auletta, Steven Levy, and the late Wall Street Journal reporting legend John Wilke, the leader of our ragtag coverage army.

From Fortune

Their only obstacle is an underfunded, ragtag group of locals who want to preserve the environment.

Wildlings: The name given to the ragtag barbarians (see: free folk) who live north of the Wall.

The former senator with the ragtag operation has been the streaky candidate who falls just short of winning the big ones.

He dreams about them, theorizes about them, talks about them with every fellow ragtag con man he encounters.

While ragtag fighters duked it out on the ground, an elite crew of NATO planes ran the show from the sky.

Without the populace having any hand in it, the ragtag and bobtail of the strangers became bolder and shouted more and more.

We had thirty men with us, a more or less ragtag lot, picked up anyhow in the bazaars.

Strange, too, he came of good family; good blood in his veins; and yet he seems to have gone right down with the ragtag.

And so, along with the rest of the coastwise ragtag, which was seeking harbor and holding-ground, came the ancient schooner Polly.

To make myself amiable and pay court to all the ragtag and bobtail is not in my line.


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On this page you'll find 25 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to ragtag, such as: decrepit, dirty, impoverished, indigent, mean, and moth-eaten.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.