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Rag-tag and bobtail

the riffraff; rabble:
The ragtag and bobtail of every nation poured into the frontier in search of gold.

noun phrase

The rabble; hoi polloi: Oh Lord, deliver me from the rag-tag and bobtail

[1820+; tag-rag and bobtail is found by 1659; bobtail, ”cur, lout,” by 1619]


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