American English

Definition of rag noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a piece of old, often torn, cloth used especially for cleaning things I wiped the window with a damp rag. Use a piece of old rag. see also glad rags
  2. 2[countable] (informal) (usually disapproving) a newspaper that you believe to be of low quality the local rag
  3. 3a piece of ragtime music
  4. Idioms wearing very old torn clothes The children were dressed in rags.
    (from) rags to riches
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    from being extremely poor to being very rich a rags-to-riches story Hers was a classic tale of rags to riches.
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