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Etymology 1

From toe + rag

Noun

Singular
toe rag

Plural
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  1. (UK, slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) A tramp.
  2. (Ireland, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An obnoxious or insignificant person - possibly from Tuareg, a nomadic North African tribesman.
  3. (archaic) A cloth worn wrapped around the foot instead of a sock.
    • 1994, Willis Hall, The Long and the Short and the Tall, page 5
      "Flipping toe-rag! He wants carving up. It's time that nit got sorted out. [...]"
    • 1896, Walter Frith, In Search of Quiet: A Country Journal, May-July [a Novel]
      Look what it's all driven me to! — a beggar, a tramp, a toe-rag commercial.
    • 1891, Rolf Boldrewood, A Sydney-side Saxon, page 157
      One of his feet had been bleeding, I could see from his 'toe-rag,' which stuck out on one side.
Quotations
  • 1913, David Herbert Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin (1994), page 213
    "I'll bet 'er wor a toe-rag," said Morel, following up his joke. "Don't you be so cheeky about a queen," said Annie.
  • 2001, Eric Clapton, Reptile [liner notes to music recording], quoted in Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues
    Where I come from, the word 'reptile' is a term of endearment, used in much the same way as 'toe rag' or 'moosh'.

Etymology 2

possibly from Tuareg, a nomadic North African tribesman or from foot cloth worn by a tramp

Noun

Singular
toe rag

Plural
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toe rag ({{{1}}})
  1. (UK, Ireland, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) A tramp. An obnoxious or insignificant person -

Etymology 3

Unknown

Noun

Singular
toe rag

Plural
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  1. (UK, Somerset) Dried salt cod-fish.

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