in rags

in rags

In old and/or ripped clothing. I refuse to go out with you if you're in rags—please change.
See also: rag
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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