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  • n. The state or condition of being scruffy; untidiness.


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  • A failure by schools to insist on proper standards of neatness in uniform - not an impossible task, it is done in every workplace - has led to a culture of scruffiness, which is usually accompanied by low academic results.

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  • Prepare yourself ladies, if you take your significant other, especially if he sports a de rigueur chic almost-beard, to C&A, you are giving free license to a major escalation in general scruffiness.

    Michael Jones: Cowboys and Aliens

  • His scruffiness added to his allure – my Dad used to maintain he would roll around in the goal area before kick-off, purely so he could attain an appropriate level of physical shabbiness.

    Wigan Athletic 0 Manchester City 1 | minute-by-minute report

  • A whole page on the scruffiness despite recent haircutof Boris Johnson, Conservative party candidate for Mayor of London, was sadly not an April Fool, though shows one the depths to which the Times has sunk.


  • Also its great when your scruffy and women seem to enjoy rubbing themselves on your scruffiness.

    Beards | My[confined]Space

  • The low-lit corridors beyond have little of the scruffiness and bustle you often find at charities.

    Inside the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  • This year there will be no scruffiness or rough edges permitted in the green grid that is my quarter-acre.

    On this Earth Day, a question: Take care of the garden or let it grow wild?

  • I'm thinking of Jonathan Franzen and his artfully-arranged scruffiness on the cover of a recent issue of Time.

    Melanie Benjamin: How to Dress an Author

  • He used to be head of operations for Caprice Holdings, and the fact that this is a well-run, bang-on-trend restaurant is what you'd expect; the slight scruffiness is as carefully judged as designer stubble.

    Restaurant: Polpetto, London W1

  • I know that I have a tendency to scruffiness, but I do try if I'm 'on duty' as I was today - but to accuse me, in my best suit, of looking like a bus driver hurt.

    Wonderful Wales


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