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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Recent Examples on the Web In April, Katherine Mathews, a thrift store enthusiast, happened upon a watercolor with the signature E.W. Brooke while rummaging through Warehouse 839, a shop in Saco, Maine, that specializes in everything from estate furniture to odds and ends. New York Times, 4 June 2021 There is storage in the pillow as well to keep your odds and ends. Chris Hachey, BGR, 24 June 2021 The songs could start again; the final odds and ends could be tied up. New York Times, 23 May 2021 And remember how human aging is linked to DNA and other cellular odds and ends falling apart? Max G. Levy, Wired, 24 May 2021 Thanks to Roz Chast for the delightful Sketchpad about the many terms people use for making a meal out of odds and ends around the kitchen (The Talk of the Town, April 26th & May 3rd). The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 There are also DragonBall FighterZ fighters, Persona 5 character packs and a whole bunch of odds and ends for Farming Simulator. Erik Kain, Forbes, 12 May 2021 This large basket can keep all your odds and ends tucked away with a bit of sophistication. Southern Living, 10 Apr. 2021 All three companies will also provide odds and ends for the Bronco Sport, which has been available since last fall. Annie White, Car and Driver, 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of odds and ends

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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21 Jul 2021

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“Odds and ends.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odds%20and%20ends. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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