from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A market for vending old clothes and cast-off garments.
  • noun The kit inspection of a company of soldiers.


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  • Our orators and writers are of the same poverty, and, in this rag-fair, neither the Imagination, the great awakening power, nor the Morals, creative of genius and of men, are addressed.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 01, No. 03, January, 1858

  • And another specialty of the Roman Ghetto is that it is not altogether easy to obtain a sight of the miscellaneous treasures of this rag-fair.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 098, February, 1876

  • We went to the Lung Fu-Ssu, a sort of rag-fair held every ten days in the grounds of an old temple in the East City.

    Peking Dust

  • The Jewish quarter in Prague is the same as the rag-fair in Vienna and the Temple in Paris.

    The History of a Lie 'The Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion'

  • I don't mean merely poor in fortune, in ragged draggled clothes, the sweepings of those rag-fair quarters, but poor in wretched, ill-grown, ill, dull, stupid bodies and souls, draggle-tailed like their clothes, only two savage-looking peasants having dignity or grace.

    The Spirit of Rome

  • This litter, this dust-heap (for it is after all not much better, few great or precious or perfect things remaining), dust-heap or rag-fair symbolised by its own most barbarous and vilest and most venerable parts along the Tiber and under the Capitoline, -- this

    The Spirit of Rome

  • In that sort of rag-fair, witch-burning ground limited only by the island and the belfries of Trastevere which

    The Spirit of Rome

  • You look out of a window and behold, close by, the unspeakable rag-fair of that foul quarter, with its yells and cries rising up and stench of cheap cooking.

    The Spirit of Rome

  • And her sweet and honest eyes have never looked upon that rag-fair of nonsense we call

    The Treasure of Heaven A Romance of Riches

  • What a rag-fair your closet was -- and you did not tell me!

    Memories of Hawthorne


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