- Implying that such a person's gown trailed in the mire / along the ground. (Wiktionary)
“The official parade formed up once again into what Quincy Adams called a “draggle-tail procession thinned in numbers,” and the president and first lady were escorted back to the White House, where they greeted visitors through much of the afternoon.”
“The preacher, instead of vexing the ears of drowsy farmers on their day of rest at the end of the week — for Sunday is the fit conclusion of an ill-spent week, and not the fresh and brave beginning of a new one — with this one other draggle-tail of a sermon, should shout with thundering voice,”
“Samuval was nothing but a draggle-tail mercenary leading his own company of archers.”
“The brief flash of amusement faded from Simon's face and he looked draggle-tail weary.”
“Owners Ship, the Merchants Goods, and his own life, for an inconstant draggle-tail; that perhaps before he has been three daies at Sea, hath drawn her affection from him, and given promise to another?”
“It was her pet hobby to take some neglected little draggle-tail from the workhouse and to turn her into an efficient maid-of-all-work.”
“She saw close to the wall some few yards away a somewhat draggle-tail figure in cloak and hood.”
“In fact he said as much to Lord Lisburn at one of the Academy dinners: "I cannot afford to court the draggle-tail muses, my Lord; they would let me starve; but by my other labours I can make shift to eat, and drink, and have good clothes.”
“What Goldsmith got from Griffin for the poem is not accurately known; and this is a misfortune, for the knowledge would have enabled us to judge whether at that time it was possible for a poet to court the draggle-tail muses without risk of starvation.”
“Sandra Belloni! no rival, I say "-- he invoked her in English," and you hear -- you, to be a draggle-tail vivandiere wiz a brandy-bottle at your hips and a reputation going like ze brandy.”
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