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a) wet and dirty (people)
bedraggled = nass und schmutzig, ungepflegt (z.B. Kleider, Menschen)
bedraggled = heruntergekommen (z.B. Gebäude)
bedraggled: approximately 350,000 Google hits
BEDRAGGLED hurricane survivors seek safety
(BBC - News Headline)
I prefer not to be the pretty thing in a film. It's such a bloody responsibility to look cute, because people know when you don't and they think, "They're trying to pass her off as the cute girl and she's looking like a BEDRAGGLED sack of potatoes."
- actress Minnie Driver
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- wet, limp
- soiled by or as if by having been dragged through mud
- being in a condition of deterioration, dilapidated
(American Heritage Dictionary)
The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafallajoekull, the world's most famous unpronounceable volcano, caused chaos with air travel. The newspapers reported that it left thousands of "bedraggled" passengers stranded at airports around the world.
Bedraggled can also be applied in the sense of run-down, worn-out and haggard, which is how the press described former UK prime minister Gordon Brown after he forgot to turn off his microphone and was overheard calling a local voter a "bigot" because she questioned the country's immigration policies. He should have talked about Eyjafallajoekull instead, but he couldn't pronounce it either.
dishevelled, messy, muddy, shabby, soiled, tattered
battered, decrepit, dilapidated, ramshackle, run-down
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"It rained during the entire football match, leaving the stadium full of thousands of bedraggled fans."
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