odds and ends

plural noun

Definition of odds and ends

1a : miscellaneous articles
b : miscellaneous small matters (as of business) to be attended to
2 : miscellaneous remnants or leftovers odds and ends of food

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Examples of odds and ends in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His materials vary but are inevitably frayed around the edges, bringing to mind the odds and ends gleaned from flea markets and junk drawers: old ticket stubs, bottle caps, blister packs, medical illustrations and comic books. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Circumstantial Pleasures’ Review: The Lyrical Junkman Cometh," 28 May 2020 Pulling together even a makeshift mask and keeping it clean has been difficult for many who are homeless, despite efforts to create coverings out of T-shirts, scarves, shoelaces and other odds and ends. Diya Chacko, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: A global sprint to a vaccine," 9 Apr. 2020 This one also includes a shelf for additional odds and ends. Jessica Dailey, House Beautiful, "How to Make Your Kitchen's Open Shelving “Click”," 2 Apr. 2020 Fold into a Savory Skillet Cake Use up this produce: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, zucchini, beets, corn Sweet or savory, latke-like cakes are great vehicles for little odds and ends. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "10 Creative Ways to Use Up Produce That Go Beyond Salads," 1 Apr. 2020 And don't forget about the small stuff; Baggu's sets of pouches are perfect for organizing the odds and ends that often get lost in bigger bags. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "Bag 15% off at Baggu's sitewide sale," 12 Dec. 2019 The suspected thieves left behind some curious odds and ends. oregonlive, "Meth, bar beefs, bikini coffee beatdowns: 12 weird and wild Oregon crime stories in 2019," 26 Dec. 2019 Catching up on some sports media odds and ends while wondering what Patriots fans will make of the unfamiliar Andrew Catalon/James Lofton/Amanda Balionis broadcast team calling Sunday’s game . . BostonGlobe.com, "NBA ratings are down, but not so with the Celtics - The Boston Globe," 15 Dec. 2019 Then there are odds and ends to remove, as well as wiring issues to address. Will Sutherland, Popular Mechanics, "How to Convert a School Bus to a RV," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of odds and ends

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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12 Jun 2020

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“Odds and ends.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odds%20and%20ends. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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odds and ends


English Language Learners Definition of odds and ends

informal : different kinds of things that are usually small and unimportant

odds and ends

noun plural

Kids Definition of odds and ends

: things left over : miscellaneous things

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