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draggle-tail

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draggle-tail rate
(Adult / Slang)
Or: draggletail , from the 16 th to the 19 th century, a slovenly and untidy woman, one who dirties the hem of her skirt, by extension one who is immoral. See playgirl for synonyms.

Quote: Professor Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard) speaking of Eliza Doolittle (Wendy Hiller) in Pygmalion (1938): ' She's so deliciously low, so horribly dirty (...) I shall make a duchess of this draggle-tailed guttersnipe.'



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