riffraff

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From Old French rif et raf (one and all), of Germanic origin. The first word is from rifler (to scrape off) and the last is from raffler, related to rafler (to plunder).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɪfɹæf/
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riffraff (usually uncountable, plural riffraffs)

  1. The rabble; crowds; the common people.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:commonalty
    They started charging a modest fee in an effort to keep the riffraff out.
  2. Sweepings; refuse.

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