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 Here, a movable basket for smaller odds and ends hangs off the front of one shelf, freeing up space for larger items. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2022 Shoppers drawn into 101 Marketplace on Coast Highway in Oceanside are greeted by rows of shelves packed with odds and ends, toys, jewelry, historical artifacts and so much more. Angelina Hicks, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2022 Store your odds and ends in the large underhand storage basket, and don't worry about things getting lost since it's securely fastened with a zip-top cover. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 26 July 2022 Inside are a couple wooden bunk platforms, a small table, shelving, and odds and ends left behind by people who have passed through. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 23 June 2022 Radar is a weekly roundup of observations, odds and ends from Central Florida’s attractions. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 15 June 2022 Appreciate how odds and ends can turn celery into a showpiece. Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2022 On weeknights, my husband and I have been known to cobble together a dinner from odds and ends in our pantry and refrigerator. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 24 May 2022 Spatulas, spoons, and other kitchen odds and ends make a great gift for the home chef, especially when presented like this. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of odds and ends

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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7 Sep 2022

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“Odds and ends.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odds%20and%20ends. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for odds and ends

odds and ends

noun plural

Kids Definition of odds and ends

: things left over : miscellaneous things

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