in rags

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in rags (not comparable)

  1. dressed in very old, torn clothes
    Like Cinderella, the girl in rags being swept off her feet by a handsome Prince Charming.
  2. (by extension) very poor or lowly.
    • October 9 2007, Rory Carroll, The Guardian, "Cocain Galore"
      Some locals who used to be in rags live it up at posh hotels.