waifs and strays

waifs and strays

  (British & Australian)
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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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 super-cool Hot Creations label has been responsible for tracks by Burnski, Denney, Lee Foss, Miguel Campbell, Waifs and Strays, Roisin Murphy, Richy Ahmed and more.
HOME FOR WAIFS AND STRAYS - DISCONNECT Unit 9 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, 7-9pm.
July FRIDAY: Durham entertain champions Northamptonshire in the Twenty20 Cup at Chester-le-Street, while Gosforth's South Northumberland 18 cricket ground plays host to Sri Lanka A's game against the Unicorns - the waifs and strays of English cricket.
Last summer a bungee jump raised PS1,000 for the fund which is hoped to pay for an aviary for birds to learn to fly again after an injury and look after other waifs and strays at the surgery.
Word is that some of the comrades are increasingly unhappy at repeatedly taking in another party's waifs and strays, especially as each was known to be a staunch supporter of Warren Bradley.
Fringe right parties do tend to collect a number of waifs and strays.
In it, Peter Ferdinado played a socially inept and deeply disturbed man - clearly based on reallife loon Dennis Nilsen - who, in between watching cheesy '80s action videos and screaming at his own reflection in the bathroom mirror, brought home various waifs and strays to kill before propping their corpses around his council flat to keep him company.
The opening scenes of the chilly grey Dickensian orphanage for waifs and strays is turned into a gleaming snow scene.
Warnock, whose side host west London rivals Chelsea today, has introduced the measures in a bid to keep his gaggle of waifs and strays in line.
THE waifs and strays of the political left were out in force when Birmingham City Council met for the launch of the annual budget last week.
As well as the random waifs and strays handed in by concerned members of the public, Tony also helps rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals for the Cat Society of Bahrain and Pet Animals.
It has a noble history of tripping up the big club bullies and letting the waifs and strays of English football society have their day.
At home, they had been known as gutter children, urchins, waifs and strays, whose ragged clothes and haunted faces were an embarrassment to the authorities.