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noun [plural] uk   /ˈrɪf.ræf/ disapproving us  
people with a bad reputation or of a low social class: She says that charging high prices will keep the riff-raff out.
Translations of “riff-raff”
in Chinese (Traditional) 下等人, 賤民…
in Chinese (Simplified) 下等人, 贱民…
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