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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).

TAGRAG(G)ERY, n. A hotch-potch, a muddle or mix-up, any heterogeneous mass of bits and pieces, a confusion of loose ends. [tɑg′rɑgəri]Sc. 1837 J. W. Carlyle Letters (Carlyle 1903) I. 66, II. 118:
The tagraggery of printers' devils. . . . This is merely a line to clear your program from any tagragery of uncertainties depending on me.
Sc. 1858 Carlyle Cromwell App. xi. V. 188 note:
Published along with other antiquarian tagraggeries.

[A creation of the Carlyles based on Eng. ta-rag, rags and tatters, riff-raff.]

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