odds and ends

plural noun

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

Examples of odds and ends in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the Chiefs preparing to face off against the San Francisco 49ers in Kansas City’s fourth Super Bowl appearance in five years, stores can hardly keep in stock any of the caps, sweatshirts and other odds and ends (some odder than others) commemorating the sports and pop crossover romance. Mark Vancleave, Twin Cities, 7 Feb. 2024 With a focus on transforming antique metals, stones and other odds and ends into one-of-a-kind modern pieces, James sells a variety of earrings, necklaces and charms. Laurie Larsh, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The studio was cluttered with art, vinyl records, dumbbells and other odds and ends. Jin Yu Young, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2024 Industry odds and ends Health care’s Q4 earnings are officially starting to roll out in earnest this week: Intuitive Surgical (Tuesday), Johnson & Johnson (Tuesday), and Elevance Health (Wednesday). Bob Herman Reprints, STAT, 22 Jan. 2024 There’s nothing better than opening up fun little odds and ends like candy, beauty products, a fuzzy pair of socks, or Apple AirTags to keep track of your necessities. Ali Faccenda, Peoplemag, 4 Dec. 2023 These odds and ends all come from sellers looking to break through and make a buck on Black Friday. Amanda Hoover, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2023 There’s even a zippered pouch in the front for odds and ends. Korin Miller, wsj.com, 16 Nov. 2023 Signs A couple other odds and ends, the latest installment of the Marvel series was released over the weekend with disappointing results. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Odds and ends.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odds%20and%20ends. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

odds and ends

noun plural
: miscellaneous articles, leftovers, or things to do

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