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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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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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THE BARROW deftly combines epic fantasy with a novel of action and horror and is set in the world of the Artesia comic books-but prior knowledge of this world isn't needed for a thorough appreciation of this fantasy, which revolves around a suspected murderer, a young woman hiding under the guise of a man, and others in a ragtag group of disparate individuals brought to low levels by scandal and strife.
THE BARROW deftly combines epic fantasy with a novel of action and horror and is set in the world of the Artesia comic books--but prior knowledge of this world isn't needed for a thorough appreciation of this fantasy, which revolves around a suspected murderer, a young woman hiding under the guise of a man, and others in a ragtag group of disparate individuals brought to low levels by scandal and strife.
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