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  • The New Orleans-born as Severn Teackle Darden, Jr. actor came from a show business family and the air of slightly draggletail elegance with which he would comport himself throughout his life was hardwired to his upbringing as an affluent son of the Old South.

    Too smart for the room

  • By the stench of her fizzle and the glib of her gab know the drunken draggletail Dublin drab.

    Finnegans Wake

  • With the Camerons, the various MacDonalds, and the others so far committed, the Jacobite army numbered barely two thousand men, and those the most ill-assorted lot of ragtag and draggletail that any general had ever been lumbered with.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • O, what a draggletail will she be before she gets to Dublin!

    Selected English Letters

  • I shall make myself a perfect fright -- a perfect dowdy -- a perfect draggletail!

    Dolly Reforming Herself A Comedy in Four Acts

  • Dr. Butler, the master of Harrow, meeting the poor little draggletail urchin in the yard, desired to know, in awful accents, how so dirty a boy dared to show himself near the school!

    Confessions and Criticisms

  • Steadily the work of degradation goes on, and at last the brutal man becomes a capricious bully, while the refined lady sinks into a careless draggletail.

    Side Lights

  • 'It 's the bonnet of a draggletail,' said Polly, giving up her arms, and biting her under-lip for the lift.

    Evan Harrington — Volume 3

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