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  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    an old word meaning old, torn and in bad condition

    The ten- and fifteen-story tower blocks are adorned in an improbable and tatterdemalion layer of colorful laundry.

    Submitted by Jordy from Australia on 18/11/2014
  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    also a noun: a person wearing old and ragged clothes

    The enfeebled American army was as usual suffering for want of clothing, arms, and food, "ragged tatterdemalions," as the British officers contemptuously called them.

    Submitted by Jordy from Australia on 18/11/2014


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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