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Rag-money

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rag-money (slang) paper money
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

If you give him money, he will perhaps buy more rags with it.
"Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
It was stuffed to the brim with ragged money.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
So I was a-dream'd, methought, that I went and search'd the folks round, And in a corner of Mrs. Dukes's box, tied in a rag the money was found.
"English Satires" by Various
I've been rolling in money in January and shivering in rags in June.
"Ravensdene Court" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
And, seeing him clothed in rags and barefooted, he gave him a pair of shoes and some money.
"Laboulaye's Fairy Book" by Various
Rags make paper, paper makes money (great cheer and laughter).
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
The Continental rag-money had ceased to circulate by the end of 1780, and our foreign credit was nearly ruined.
"The Critical Period of American History" by John Fiske
Several months went by; my money was gone; my clothes were ragged, and, like my body, nearly worn out; and I am an inmate of a hospital.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 121, November, 1867" by Various
Such ragged customers were not usual; but there seemed to be no good excuse for refusing Ben, as he had the money to pay.
"Ben, the Luggage Boy;" by Horatio Alger
Money, food, all the necessaries of life flowed from that ragged old umbrella.
"St. Peter's Umbrella" by Kálmán Mikszáth
I of got to buy paper and rags and bottles and old auto tires, and I of got to sell 'em to make money.
"Rick and Ruddy" by Howard R. Garis
Not a rag or a burning drop was to be had except for money, and often for a price which to them was life itself.
"The Ravens and the Angels" by Elizabeth Rundle Charles
I had the money and they had the rags, the dirt, and the thirst.
"The Hills of Refuge" by Will N. Harben
But finery that shrieked of money spent without stint or taste could hardly disguise the wild and ragged loveliness of Nelly Marquis.
"Linda Lee, Incorporated" by Louis Joseph Vance
While we beg and tramp, and dress in rags, you throw away the money we have earned for you.
"The Automobile Girls Along the Hudson" by Laura Dent Crane
All of their money had become filthy rags by the downfall of the Confederacy.
"The Life of Lyman Trumbull" by Horace White
And, lo and behold, he snapped his fingers at the money, and elected to wear the rags!
"The Maid of Honour (Vol. 3 of 3)" by Lewis Wingfield
He had no money, and his clothes were rags, his hair was thin and gray, and his shoulders bent.
"The Necklace of Princess Fiorimonde and Other Stories" by Mary De Morgan
In connection with the profits of the sheep industry must be mentioned the effect of rag money on the prosperity of the sheep owners.
"The Gold Diggings of Cape Horn" by John R. Spears
You'll throw money away, and let me go without a decent rag to my back!
"The Walking Delegate" by Leroy Scott
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In poetry:

Said a ragged man
To my uncle one day;
He got the money
And went on his way.
"Asses" by Padraic Colum
The Anchor was weighed - the Anchor was weighed
In the scale at the rag-shop it went
The sailor stood chewing the knob off the door
For all his bad money was spent.
"The Sailor Comes Home With The Washing" by T W Connor
I pass'd by his garden, and saw the wild brier,
The thorn and the thistle grow broader and higher;
The clothes that hang on him are turning to rags;
And his money still wastes till he starves or he begs.
"The Sluggard" by Isaac Watts
For these poor innocents, that slept
Against the sky, soft women wept:
For never did they any theft;
'Twas known when they their camping left,
And jumped the cold out of their rags;
In spirit rich as money-bags.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith

In news:

The 22-year-old's first LP for Young Money lays bare its Top 40 aspirations with misty-eyed R&B ("Far Away") and clings mostly to an everyman rags-to-riches narrative.
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