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Rag-fair

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rag-fair a fair or market for rags, old clothes, &c
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. rögg, shagginess.

Usage

In literature:

It is a drive through Rag Fair.
"Saunterings" by Charles Dudley Warner
Only to glimpse his scarlet rags fairly along my rifle sight!
"The Hidden Children" by Robert W. Chambers
Paddington canal seemed the river Pactolus, and Rag-Fair Elysium!
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
Children fairly swarmed there, black and white, and as ragged as they could be.
"Five Happy Weeks" by Margaret E. Sangster
This was what may be called the rag fair of Moscow.
"Fred Markham in Russia" by W. H. G. Kingston
He will not tear His fair shining robe of righteousness to patch your worthless rags.
"The Well in the Desert" by Emily Sarah Holt
I have passed through the classic regions of St. Giles, the Seven Dials, and Rag Fair.
"Germany, Bohemia, and Hungary, Visited in 1837. Vol. II" by G. R. Gleig
She had bought recklessly of rag-time discs, and provided a fair amount of opera selections.
"The Rose Garden Husband" by Margaret Widdemer
The Navonna Mercato, which has the finest fountain in Italy, is a rag-fair.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
Our Guv'nor's fairly got 'is rag out.
"Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate" by Charles Turley
They stripped him of his velvet and feathers and lace and golden clasps and studs, and clothed him in rags and daubed his fair skin with mud.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The bullet struck the capering Ragged Man fairly in the chest.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
We are now fairly in the Rocky Mountains, and a ragged looking country it is.
"Journal of a Trip to California by the Overland Route Across the Plains in 1850-51" by E. S. (Eleazer Stillman) Ingalls
But if you ask how they clothe themselves, my answer is, at Rag Fair.
"Here and There in London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
At elbow and knee their rags of uniforms flapped like bunches of ribbons at a fair.
"The Firebrand" by S. R. Crockett
They are found most plentiful on the higher ground, where the land is fairly well timbered, and the surface of the country is very ragged.
"Science of Trapping" by Elmer Harry Kreps
At Rag Fair and similar localities the orgy was at its height, the license of the mob unbridled.
"Garrick's Pupil" by Auguston Filon
Some decked themselves with rags, and then fancied themselves fair.
"Discipline" by Mary Brunton
However, we've seen the Rag Fair, and we can cross that off our list of sights.
"Irma in Italy" by Helen Leah Reed
A firmer color may aid, if it is rubbed away by fairly strong pressure of the rag as soon as it has adhered.
"The Invention of Lithography" by Alois Senefelder
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In poetry:

Ah, fair to me your wheaten-colored coat,
And fair the darker velvet of your ear,
Ragged and scarred with old hostilities
That never taught you fear.
"To Tim -- An Irish Terrier" by Winifred Mary Letts
There, in a clearing of the wood,
Was John’s house, neither fair nor good.
In a ragged plot his house anigh,
Thin coleworts grew but wretchedly.
Deus est Deus pauperum.
"The God Of The Poor" by William Morris
"With her I should not envy George his queen,
Though she in royal grandeur deck'd be seen;
Whilst rags, just sever'd from my fair one's gown,
In russet pomp and greasy pride hang down.
"Colemira. A Culinary Eclogue" by William Shenstone
A feller in the firin' line,
Tied up with sich a gag,
Who has to curse by look an' sign,
He fair gets out the rag.
An' so, I ses, each time I shoots,
"I'll teach you, you - you - you - you broots!"
"The Invalid" by C J Dennis
A fool there was and he made his prayer
(Even as you and I!)
To a rag and a bone and a hunk of hair
(We called her the woman who did not care)
But the fool he called her his lady fair
(Even as you and I!)
"The Vampire" by Rudyard Kipling
I hear those good night ladies much obliged because we're here
Afraid to go home in the with a good song ringing clear
Just tell them that fair Harvard old Nassau is shining bright
How can I bear to grand old rag we roll along good night!
"Chorus For Mixed Voices" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

Anyone who saw The Social Network this weekend noticed that a certain college rag got a fair amount of screen time.
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