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  1. Riff-Raff

    Riff-Raff is a 1991 British film directed by Ken Loach, starring Robert Carlyle and Ricky Tomlinson. It won the 1991 European Film Award Best Picture award. As with most Loach films, Riff-Raff is a naturalistic portrayal of modern Britain. It follows Stevie, played by Robert Carlyle, a Glaswegian recently released from prison who has moved to London and got a job on a building site turning a derelict hospital into luxury apartments.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Riff-raff

    rif′-raf, n. sweepings: refuse: the rabble, the mob. [Explained by Skeat as M. E. rif and raf—O. Fr. rif et raf, also rifle et rafle. Rifler, to rifle, ransack—Ice. hrífa, to catch; rafler—Teut., cf. Ger. raffen, to seize.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Riff-raff

    Expresses the Anglo-Saxon, from the Danish rip-raps, for “sweepings”; hence the scum of society.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of riff-raff in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of riff-raff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of riff-raff in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Annison and Paul Scanlan:

    We don’t expect these companies to experience much success. Equity crowdfunding isn’t easy or inexpensive, and the SEC has important safeguards like bad actor checks and reporting requirements that will eliminate most of the riff-raff, plus, the public is sophisticated these days and has access to enough information to make well-informed decisions.

  2. Jon Callas:

    Those of us who are doing secure communication believe we need to do things about the real horrible stuff, charging money for end-to-end encryption is a way to get rid of the riff-raff.

  3. Steve Kukowski:

    There used to be a saying that 40 below keeps out the riff-raff, that's not true anymore.

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