from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shop in which rags and other refuse collected by rag-pickers are bought, sorted, and prepared for use.


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  • A child is left anywhere without the possibility of crawling away, or is accidentally knocked off a shelf, or tumbled out of bed, or is hung up to a hook now and then, and left dangling like a doll at an English rag-shop, without the least inconvenience to anybody.

    Pictures from Italy

  • I remember, when I was a young man, an ostler was to be tried for stealing some oats in the Borough; and he did steal them too, and sold them at a rag-shop regularly.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • He was an apprentice to Whistler, who knew the East End rag-shop scenes in the slums of Shoreditch and Petticoat Lane and would etch them in 1887.

    Portrait of a Killer

  • One artist is, as it were, carried away by a laughing landscape, another by a rag-shop, another by the pretty face of a young girl, another by the squalid countenance of an old ruffian.

    Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic

  • Perhaps the first will say that the rag-shop and the ugly face of the old ruffian are _disgusting_; the second, that the laughing landscape and the face of the young girl are _insipid_.

    Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic

  • I'm wrong, am I? we'll see about that, you rag-shop. '

    Madame Midas

  • The Kesselstadt death-mask was discovered by Dr. Ludwig Becker, librarian at the ducal palace at Darmstadt, in a rag-shop at Mayence in 1849.

    A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles

  • It glanced past the rag-shop in the cellar, whence welled up stenches to poison the town, into an apartment three flights up that held two women, one young, the other old and bent.

    Children of the Tenements

  • The three little boys were all "mud-larks," that is, prowled along the river shore, picking up any odds and ends that could be sold to the rag-shop or for firewood, and their backs were scored with the strap which the father carried in his pocket and took out for his evening's occupation when he came.

    Prisoners of Poverty Abroad

  • These were generally such as would rejoice in wearing finery picked up at the rag-shop; but even some of them began by degrees to cultivate a small measure of order.

    The Vicar's Daughter


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