in rags

in rags

Fig. in worn-out and torn clothing. Oh, look at my clothing. I can't go to the party in rags! I think the new casual fashions make you look as if you're in rags.
See also: rag
References in classic literature ?
Of course, there are many rich men in the empire, but their money is buried, and they dress in rags and counterfeit poverty.
The buoyancy of his gait, the elasticity of his step, and the hilarity of his countenance, showed that he anticipated, with chuckling satisfaction, the surprise he was about to give those who had ejected him from their society in rags.
But the scullery you would not care to see; it is greasy, dirty, and odoriferous, while the stairs are in rags, and the walls so covered with filth that the hand sticks fast wherever it touches them.
But his choice was to sit in rags and dinginess on a bench in a park.
You assumed that the man in rags jumped at the name of Lord Falconroy, because he was Lord Falconroy's murderer.
He found old moth-eaten garments all in rags and tatters, or Peter would have put them on.
King of Rags lionizes Joplin as a crusader for racial justice fifty years before his time; yet the public eschewed his political music, as did a generation of musicians who questioned songs that extolled life in rags.
A BABYSITTER who dressed up a tot in rags to take him begging while his unsuspecting parents were at work is facing child cruelty charges.