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  • n. Alternative spelling of riffraff.


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  • Fourth Cavalry on its way to the Philippines, as many drunken man-of-war's men, divers ladies from Iwilei, and half the riff-raff of the beach.


  • At half a mile distant the battleship blew up — simply blew up, that was all, her shattered frame sinking to the bottom of the bay, a riff-raff of wreckage and a few survivors strewing the surface.


  • Then came a mountain storm that blew a blizzard across the riff-raff of high and shallow divides.


  • Don't worry, I'm rather poor and boring myself, even a bit of riff-raff but find I'm fairly well tolerated here.

    Pedestrian Friendly?

  • The Hobo, my dear fellow, is the name for that particular place of detention in city and county jails wherein are assembled tramps, drunks, beggars, and the riff-raff of petty offenders.

    Local Color

  • Augusto Pinochet didn't need a blackboard to realize that the distance from government rescuing the miners to rescuing lots of different riff-raff in society, such as the entire middle class, is just a few inches of chalk.

    Paul Abrams: Republicans Slam Chilean Miners: "They Should Have Climbed Up on Their Own"

  • A five-star, world famous hotel nearby even had a new fence put around it recently, to keep out the riff-raff.

    Garden Goddess for Hire

  • They've distorted our constitutional discourse to make it sound like the Court's rulings don't matter to ordinary people, but only to the undeserving riff-raff at the margins of society.

    Al Franken Slams Supreme Court For Dismantling Legal Protections (VIDEO)

  • Extending the metaphor, while Wal-Mart is positioned to pay reduced tolls, the Republican mantra sounds something like, tighten the belts, up gas prices and keep the riff-raff off the roads through austerity measures and deficit reduction.

    Matthew Anderson: America's Folly

  • From that perch, she offered Washington's riff-raff elegant advice on how they should comport themselves at ritzy Beltway cocktail parties and relentlessly jumped up and down on the heads of anyone who dared to take a place within the Washington limelight without the proper breeding -- like former White House party planner Desirae Rogers, who was, to Quinn, a walking example of the cardinal sin of being "not of Washington."

    Vanity Fair Profiles The Frantic Existence of Sally Quinn

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    April 20, 2009