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  • My own position is this: with the loyalists I hold the same place as when you left town, with the tagrag and bobtail of the city I hold a much better one than at your departure.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 The Whole Extant Correspodence in Chronological Order Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • 'We don't take in no tagrag and bobtail at our house, sir,' answered John.

    Barnaby Rudge Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 1892

  • He was close upon them, Mr. Drake and the other comrade being with him, and some tagrag in attendance, as usual.

    East Lynne Henry Wood 1850

  • A deputation, half the length of the street -- its whole length, if you include the tagrag and bobtail that attended behind -- set off on the spur of the moment to the office of Mr. Carlyle.

    East Lynne Henry Wood 1850

  • The laborers, their duty done, walked coolly away; the tagrag withdrew to a safe distance, waiting for what might come next; and Miss Carlyle moved away also.

    East Lynne Henry Wood 1850

  • 'We don't take in no tagrag and bobtail at our house, sir,' answered

    Barnaby Rudge: a tale of the Riots of 'eighty Charles Dickens 1841

  • "We don't take in no tagrag and bobtail at our house, sir," answered John.

    Barnaby Rudge 1840

  • Of his sentences perhaps not more than nine-tenths stand straight on their legs; the remainder are in quite angular attitudes, buttressed-up by props (of parentheses and dashes), and ever with this or the other tagrag hanging from them; a few even sprawl-out helplessly on all sides, quite broken-backed and dismembered.

    Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History Thomas Carlyle 1838

  • Bazoche, Cure of Saint-Stephen and all the tagrag-and-bobtail of the world, to work their will.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle 1838

  • ‘We don’t take in no tagrag and bobtail at our house, sir,’ answered John.

    Barnaby Rudge 2007


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  • -noun


    June 9, 2009