rag, tag, and bobtail

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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!
See also: and, bobtail

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.
See also: and, bobtail
References in classic literature ?
A third-rate sun, with its rag tag and bobtail of insignificant satellites, we float under the same daily conditions towards some unknown end, some squalid catastrophe which will overwhelm us at the ultimate confines of space, where we are swept over an etheric Niagara or dashed upon some unthinkable Labrador.
A quire of printers' devils, a stare of bystanders, the rag tag and bobtail who always seem to scent what looks like becoming an incident, was already gathering to watch.
In the days of grainy black and white Watch With Mother was a daily treat for pre-school age children featuring Andy Pandy, Bill and Ben, Rag Tag and Bobtail and The Woodentops.
In the days of grainy black and white Watch with Mother was a daily treat for pre-school age children featuring Andy Pandy on Tuesday, Bill and Ben on Wednesday, Rag Tag and Bobtail on Thursday and The Woodentops on Friday.
However Wright, who returned to the club last month, is slowly turning City's rag tag and bobtail squad into a competent playing unit.