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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Transform e-waste, hardware, books, and other odds and ends into real and imaginary creatures to take home. SFChronicle.com, "Kids listings," 12 July 2018 It’s mostly cut up pieces of cardboard, with a few bags of plastic odds and ends mixed in. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 The entire set was built using only a circular saw, drill press, and a spray gun (as well as sandpaper, wood glue, and some other odds and ends). Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Simple Yet Sophisticated Chess Set," 27 July 2016 The album is not just a collection of odds and ends and outtakes, either. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "“Lost” John Coltrane Album to Be Released," 9 June 2018 Manuals and other odds and ends hang suspended in the air around her. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Groundbreaking Latina astronaut retires from Johnson Space Center," 26 May 2018 What Viens sees in his collection of odds and ends varies from day to day. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Mixed Media 'Linguistics Beheld' At Hartford Library," 19 May 2018 As usual, the tidy nook was stacked with plastic containers of odds and ends, leftover prep from the night before, set aside for staff meal. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "Build a Beautiful Savory Tart Out of Your Leftovers," 17 Apr. 2018 It is made of odds and ends, including a scythe, a hatchet, a bicycle seat, and an animal skull. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Bizarre farce turns tragic in Estonian black comedy ‘November’," 11 Apr. 2018

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1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of odds and ends

: 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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