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"Imagine wasting your time and energy persecuting merpeople when there are little toerags like Kreacher on the loose -"
- Sirius, speaking of Umbridge's record on part-humans (OP14)

Definition

A worthless, despicable person.

U.S. readers may have already encountered this one in Douglas Adams' WEBLINK - amazon.comThe Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul as the name of one of the characters (Odin's nasty little sidekick).

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Etymology

This comes from an older sense referring specifically to vagrants, which in turn comes from, well, a person who uses a rag wrapped around the foot instead of a sock. (NSOED).

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Tags: British insult