odds and ends

odds and ends
noun
a motley assortment of things (Freq. 2)
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[plural noun]
scraps, bits, bits and pieces, debris, oddments, remnants

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BITS AND PIECES, bits and bobs, bits, pieces, stuff, paraphernalia, things, sundries, miscellanea, bric-a-brac, knick-knacks, oddments; informal junk; Brit. informal odds and sods, clobber, gubbins.
odds

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noun plural
1.
a. : small often trifling items that are usually varied and often unrelated : miscellaneous things : miscellaneous articles

odds and ends found lying around the attic

threw some odds and ends into a suitcase

b. : miscellaneous small matters (as of business) to be attended to

have some odds and ends to do tomorrow morning

2. : miscellaneous bits or fragments or scraps or remnants or leftovers

odds and ends of information

odds and ends of food

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1. miscellaneous items, matters, etc.
[1740-50]

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odds and ends
Miscellaneous pieces, perh orig meaning points and ends
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Main Entry:odd

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odds and ends UK US noun [plural]
small things that are all different and not valuable or important

a drawer full of odds and ends

Thesaurus: unimportant or unnecessary thing or detailsynonym

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plural n. miscellaneous articles or remnants

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noun [plural]
informal : different kinds of things that are usually small and unimportant

There are still a few odds and ends that need to be done before the party tomorrow.

The box is full of odds and ends.

called also (Brit, informal) odds and sods

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ˌodds and ˈends [odds and ends] (BrE also ˌodds and ˈsods) noun plural (informal)
small items that are not valuable or are not part of a larger set

She spent the day sorting through a box full of odds and ends.

I've got a few odds and ends

(= small jobs)

to do before leaving.


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  • Odds and ends — Odds Odds ([o^]dz), n. sing. & pl. [See {Odd}, a.] 1. Difference in favor of one and against another; excess of one of two things or numbers over the other; inequality; advantage; superiority; hence, excess of chances; probability. The odds are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • odds and ends — {n. phr.} Miscellaneous items; remnants. * /After the great annual clearance sale there were only a few odds and ends left in the store./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • odds and ends — {n. phr.} Miscellaneous items; remnants. * /After the great annual clearance sale there were only a few odds and ends left in the store./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • odds and ends —    Odds and ends are small, remnant articles and things the same as bits and bobs.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    Odds and ends are small articles, or bits and pieces of all sorts, usually of little value.     I keep my odds and ends in… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • odds and ends — also .odds and sods BrE informal n [plural] small things of various kinds without much value ▪ He didn t keep much in his desk just a few odds and ends …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • odds and ends — are small, remnant articles and things the same as bits and bobs …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • odds and ends — noun plural small things that are all different and not valuable or important: a drawer full of odds and ends …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Odds and ends —   Odds and ends are small, remnant articles and things the same as bits and bobs …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • odds and ends — [n] miscellaneous paraphernalia assortment, bits, bits and pieces*, debris, etcetera*, hodgepodge, jumble, leavings, litter, medley, mélange, melee, miscellany, motley, oddments, olio, particles, potpourri, remnants, rest, rubbish, rummage,… …   New thesaurus

  • odds and ends — odds′ and ends′ n. pl. 1) miscellaneous items, matters, etc 2) fragments; remnants; scraps; bits • Etymology: 1740–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • odds and ends — ► odds and ends miscellaneous articles or remnants. Main Entry: ↑odd …   English terms dictionary

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