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riff-raff

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɪfraf
 
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Definition of riff-raff in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Disreputable or undesirable people: I saw the sort of riff-raff that had been invited
More example sentences
  • The reason that we bought these seats is because we don't want to be bothered with the general riff-raff.
  • They let in all sorts of riff-raff here, don't they?
  • While I think programs and materials for the gifted are fine and good, I worry about meetings like this in which the dominant sentiment is that the only way to educate the gifted is to remove them from the company of mere mortal riff-raff.
Synonyms
rabble, scum, refuse, garbage, rubbish, trash, vermin, the lowest of the low, in the underclass, the dregs of society, good-for-nothings, undesirables
informal peasants, Z-list
British informal as common as muck

Origin

late 15th century (as riff and raff): from Old French rif et raf 'one and all, every bit', of Germanic origin.

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