As they approached, it was evident that Mr. Brooke was looking dejected, but this was fully accounted for by the state of politics; and as he was shaking hands all round without more greeting than a "Well, you’re all here, you know," the Rector said, laughingly— "Don’t take the throwing out of the Bill so much to heart, Brooke; you’ve got all the riff-raff of the country on your side."
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The term, riff, was popularized by a Charlie Parker song.
And when the piano riff at the start of the New Pornographers’ "Challengers" kicks in, I know I’ve put myself in good hands.