|Pennsylvania Gazette 6 Jan. in AS XII:2 92: They come to be well understood to signify plainly that A MAN IS DRUNK. [...] Ragged.‘Drinkers Dict.’ in|
2. of a person or object, second-rate, inferior.
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 247: Should you kill the ragged fry, / We’ll get the quacks to certify, / That tho’ the whelps some how are dead, / Yet blows could never hurt the head.|
|Wheel of Fortune II i: Here every ragged-headed fellow, with a mahogany face, because he can slip into an eel-skin, and I cannot, slips into favour before me.|
|Devil in London II iii: I see him – there he scampers. I’ll be after him, and shake the ragged fellow out of his tinder.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 1 Dec. 132: We must find that ragged boy who was in the shop, and make him confess.|
|Bruiser 107: God save my ragged soul.|
|Sudden Takes the Trail 130: ‘Ragged work,’ he replied cooly.|
|False Starts 241: He [...] fixed us with a ragged hypo taped to an eyedropper.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Bit ragged! You liar! You said to me it looked like the one out of Abba.‘The Russians are Coming’|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 311: My shit wouldn’t appear to be so ragged.|
3. of an era, unfortunate, ill-fated.
|Londinismen (2nd edn).|
4. (orig. Aus.) nervy, out of sorts, ‘under the weather,’ tired.
|Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 74: Try and get some sleep. You look ragged.|
|Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 121: It’s just that I’ve seen so many good heads, strung-out and ragged, behind smack.|
|Sign of Fool 145: I’ll ball you ragged, any fuckin’ way you can dig it.|
|Campus Sl. Spring 5: ragged – tired.|
|Guardian Guide 17–23 July 27: You get off the plane, you’re feeling a little bit ragged.|
|Life 157: I was feeling so ragged [...] and these brothers were so together.|