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  • A wastrel; someone beneath contempt.(Incorrectly spelled ‘toe-rag’ in modern English). A tow-rag was a rag made of ‘tow’, or hemp, used to

    staunch wounds by naval surgeons and then thrown away.

    June 22, 2008

  • But toe-rag has such a good ring to it. I much prefer it.

    June 22, 2008

  • I agree, plethora. I imagine a scruffy rag strapped round some urchin's foot in lieu of a shoe.

    June 22, 2008

  • Might be good for wiping up, you-know-what jam.

    June 23, 2008

  • I like it when Brits say it.

    June 23, 2008

  • Yes, I generally imagine it as being used to clean out you-know-what jam.

    June 23, 2008

  • Is this, or a toe-rag, related to a do-rag? (Or is it dew-rag?)

    June 24, 2008

  • You wear a "do-rag" on your head (bandana for a hair "do").

    You use a "dew-rag" to wipe off the porch furniture in the morning.

    Neither of these places should have you-know-what jam.

    June 24, 2008

  • Unless you happen to be in the company of a tow rag. All is clear. Thanks dontcry!

    June 24, 2008