or Draggle-tail. A slovenly woman, the bottom of whose
dress trails in the dirt. Dag (Saxon) means loose ends, mire or
dirt; whence dag-locks, the soiled locks of a sheep's fleece,
and dag-wool, refuse wool. (Compare TAG.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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