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English definition of “riff-raff”


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.Class and class-consciousness in generalWealthiness and wealthyPoverty and poor
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