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Brewer's: Tag Rag, and Bobtail

The vulgus ignobil. A ?tag? is a doe in the second year of her age; a ?rag,? a herd of deer at rutting time; ?bobtail,? a fawn just weaned.

According to Halliwell, a sheep of the first year is called a tag. Tag is sometimes written shag.

?It will swallow us all up, ships and men, shag, rag, and bobtail.? ?Rabelais: Pantagruel, iv. 33.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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