rag ( rags plural )
1 n-var A rag is a piece of old cloth which you can use to clean or wipe things.
He was wiping his hands on an oily rag.
2 n-plural Rags are old torn clothes.
There were men, women and small children, some dressed in rags.
3 n-count People refer to a newspaper as a rag when they have a poor opinion of it.
INFORMAL, disapproval `This man Tom works for a local rag,' he said.
5 You use rags to riches to describe the way in which someone quickly becomes very rich after they have been quite poor.
rags to riches phrase
His was a rags-to-riches story and people admire that.
6 If you describe something as a red rag to a bull, you mean that it is certain to make a particular person or group very angry. (mainly BRIT)
a red rag to a bull phrase v-link PHR, like PHR This sort of information is like a red rag to a bull for the tobacco companies.
rag-and-bone man ( rag-and-bone men plural ) A rag-and-bone man is a person who goes from street to street in a vehicle or with a horse and cart buying things such as old clothes and furniture.
in AM, use junkman, junk dealer
rag doll ( rag dolls plural ) A rag doll is a soft doll made of cloth. n-count
rag rug ( rag rugs plural ) A rag rug is a small carpet made of old pieces of cloth stitched or woven together. n-count
The rag trade is the business and industry of making and selling clothes, especially women's clothes. n-sing the N
The rag trade is extremely competitive, and one needs plenty of contacts in order to survive.
wash-rag ( wash-rags plural ) , washrag A wash-rag is the same as a washcloth.