odds and ends
noun plural Date: circa 1746 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
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  • Odds and ends — Odds Odds ([o^]dz), n. sing. & pl. [See {Odd}, a.] 1. Difference in favor of one and against another; excess of one of two things or numbers over the other; inequality; advantage; superiority; hence, excess of chances; probability. The odds are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • odds and ends — {n. phr.} Miscellaneous items; remnants. * /After the great annual clearance sale there were only a few odds and ends left in the store./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • odds and ends — {n. phr.} Miscellaneous items; remnants. * /After the great annual clearance sale there were only a few odds and ends left in the store./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • odds and ends —    Odds and ends are small, remnant articles and things the same as bits and bobs.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    Odds and ends are small articles, or bits and pieces of all sorts, usually of little value.     I keep my odds and ends in… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • odds and ends — also .odds and sods BrE informal n [plural] small things of various kinds without much value ▪ He didn t keep much in his desk just a few odds and ends …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • odds and ends — are small, remnant articles and things the same as bits and bobs …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • odds and ends — noun plural small things that are all different and not valuable or important: a drawer full of odds and ends …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Odds and ends —   Odds and ends are small, remnant articles and things the same as bits and bobs …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • odds and ends — [n] miscellaneous paraphernalia assortment, bits, bits and pieces*, debris, etcetera*, hodgepodge, jumble, leavings, litter, medley, mélange, melee, miscellany, motley, oddments, olio, particles, potpourri, remnants, rest, rubbish, rummage,… …   New thesaurus

  • odds and ends — odds′ and ends′ n. pl. 1) miscellaneous items, matters, etc 2) fragments; remnants; scraps; bits • Etymology: 1740–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • odds and ends — ► odds and ends miscellaneous articles or remnants. Main Entry: ↑odd …   English terms dictionary

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