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ragtag and bobtail

The lowest social class; the common people. You must be joking—a person of my social status can't eat with the ragtag and bobtail at a fast food place!
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rag, tag, and bobtail

The lowest social class; the common people. You must be joking—a person of my social status can't eat with the rag, tag, and bobtail at a filthy pub!
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rag, tag, and bobtail

a group of people perceived as disreputable or undesirable.
A bobtail is a horse or dog with a docked tail, while rag and tag both express the idea of ‘tattered clothes’: the phrase literally means ‘people in ragged clothes together with their dogs and horses’. The forms tag, rag, and bobtail , ragtag and bobtail , and tagrag and bobtail are also found.
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ragtag and bobtail

Low-life, riffraff. This expression dates back to the seventeenth century, when ragtag meant a ragged lot of people and bobtail a horse whose tail had been cut short (“bobbed”) and was considered valueless. Samuel Pepys in his Diary turned it about a bit: “The dining-room was full of tag rag and bobtail, dancing, singing, and drinking” (1658–59). The expression is not heard much any longer, however, at least not in the United States.
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I don't have any time for this karmic bobtail and ragtag but she said, 'I see tractors and wheat fields'.
The PT-CBOB differs from the PT-C with the inclusion of the renowned Ed Brown bobtail mainspring housing, allowing it to be carried with more ease and concealability.
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The CCO Bobtail features a medium-length trigger shoe that makes up the difference between the shorter mainspring housing and the space to the trigger itself.
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