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waifs and strays

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people or animals who have no home and no one to care for them Emma was always bringing home waifs and strays and giving them a bed for the night.
See also: and, stray
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Her heart, bereft of its own, had gone out to this poor, little, nameless waif, and lavished upon it all the love that had been denied her during the long, bitter weeks of her captivity aboard the Kincaid.
It was Aunt Polly, too, who discovered the story one day about the two poor little waifs in a snow-storm who found a blown-down door to crawl under, and who wondered what poor folks did that didn't have any door
On calm days the inert steamer rolled on a leaden sea under a murky sky, or showed, in sunshine, the squalor of sea waifs, the dried white salt, the rust, the jagged broken places.
The towers and steeples of the many house- encompassed churches, dark and dingy as the sky that seems descending on them, are no relief to the general gloom; a sun-dial on a church-wall has the look, in its useless black shade, of having failed in its business enterprise and stopped payment for ever; melancholy waifs and strays of housekeepers and porter sweep melancholy waifs and strays of papers and pins into the kennels, and other more melancholy waifs and strays explore them, searching and stooping and poking for anything to sell.
The Elder to whose care the two waifs had been committed, led them to his waggon, where a meal was already awaiting them.
Faye Marsay, on the right, appearing as The Waif in epic fantasy programme Game of Thrones alongside main character Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams
Act Waif, owned by Fawzi Abdulla Nass, trained by Fawzi Nass and ridden by Hussain Makki, beat Arch of Titus by two-length to win the Bahrain Apprentices Jockey Cup, an open race, which carried a cash prize of BD1,000.
While the far less gauche Bridget Fonda, as a prostitute whose daughter has been kidnapped by the crooked cop, replaces Natalie Portman - the waif from Leon - here.
and Empire of the Sun, has fashioned in David a waif as attractive and endearing as Eliot or Jim.
There are several spots along the waif, including a hotel and eateries, that will be either, sold or leased to individual operators.
The term "Seventh Heaven", first used in a 1927 silent movie about a lonely Parisian sewer worker who found pleasure and love with a street waif, is used frequently to describe the ultimate in satisfaction.
In the other vision, she was a poor little Irish waif, burdened with children, too poor to take care of Caroline.
And she chose a stunning fulllength gown by Thierry Mugler to make it clear to anyone who hadn't already noticed that she is definitely no size-zero waif.
And we as a society need to make it clear there's more to beauty than being a waif.