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 Rags and Jags.Ragged Robin. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ragamuffin (French, maroufle).
 
A muff or muffin is a poor thing of a creature, a “regular muff;” so that a ragamuffin is a sorry creature in rags.   1
        “I have led my ragamuffins where they are peppered.”—Shakespeare: 1 Henry IV., v. 3.
 


 Rags and Jags.Ragged Robin. 

 
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