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runt of the litter

The smallest and weakest person in a group, especially a group of siblings. (A "litter" is a group of newborn mammals, the smallest of which is least likely to thrive or survive.) Even though I'm the middle child, I've always been the runt of the litter in our family—even my younger sister picks on me because she's taller than I am.
See also: litter, of, runt

pick of the litter

The best or most ideal option in a group. (A "litter" is a group of newborn mammals, especially puppies or kittens.) Matt is the pick of the litter, so we need to make sure he ends up on our team. I know you think that puppy is too small, but to me he's just the pick of the litter!
See also: litter, of, pick

litter (something) around

To throw things on the ground in an untidy manner. My roommate is always littering his clothes around the house. It drives me crazy! You really shouldn't litter your trash around like that.
See also: around, litter

litter (something or some place) up

To make something or some place very messy or untidy. I hate the way he litters up his desk with papers and dirty plates—it just looks really unprofessional. The room wasn't clean for more than an hour before the kids had littered it up with toys and bits of food.
See also: litter, up

litter (something) about

To throw things on the ground in an untidy manner. My roommate is always littering his clothes about the house. It drives me crazy! You really shouldn't litter your trash about like that.
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litter something about

 and litter something around
to cast around something, such as trash, clothing, personal possessions, etc. Don't litter all that stuff about. I wish you wouldn't litter your trash around.
See also: litter

litter something up

to mess something up with litter, trash, possessions, etc. Who littered this room up? Who littered up this room?
See also: litter, up

runt of the litter

 
1. Lit. the smallest animal born in a litter; the animal in a litter least likely to survive. No one wanted to buy the runt of the litter, so we kept it.
2. and the runt of the family Fig. the smallest child in the family. I was the runt of the litter and the butt of all the jokes.
See also: litter, of, runt

pick of the litter

The best of a group, as in He was first in the ticket line so he had the pick of the litter. This term, alluding to the most desirable one from a litter of puppies or kittens, supplanted such earlier variants as pick of the market, pick of the parish, and pick of the basket. [Early 1900s]
See also: litter, of, pick
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Lewicki & Litterer (1985) state that cold, sterile, and formal surroundings are generally related to competitive interactions.
Among others, Jelinek and Litterer (1995) argue persuasively that an organization that is truly entrepreneurial is characterized by the visible "buy in" of its members.
The campaigns that did seem to have a focus were aimed primarily at children or environmental groups, clearly not major litterers.
It encourages perceptions of manipulation, deceptiveness, dishonesty, and mistrust, which can leave people bitter about the process and unwilling to work with each other in the future (Lewicki & Litterer, 1985).
Q: Have you ever wondered about who you'd be now if you hadn't become the world's most famous litterer, and you'd been classified 1-A?
Second, Jelinek and Litterer are searching for the meaning of their previous research - their "text" - in this article.
Alas, with increasing frequency, traditional, bureaucratic solutions for handling ambiguity prove impotent (Bennis, 1965; Jelinek, 1979; Kanter, 1983; Pinchot, 1985; Weick, 1985; Kanter, 1989; Litterer & Jelinek, 1991; Pettigrew & Whipp, 1991; Sayles, 1993; Jelinek & Schoonhoven, 1993 ).
Previously we were limited in our ability to control restricted USB devices without also affecting acceptable devices like USB mice and keyboards," said Bob Litterer, Information Security Manager for TKT.
The free Dob in a Litterer app and website were launched in February and allows South Australians to report littering from vehicles instantly via their Apple or Android phones, tablets or computer.
Of course, the problem of litter is at its disgusting worse at this time of year and you'll notice almost every tree, hedgerow, verge and embankment is marked by the litterer.
Paula Anderson*, Kelsey Barksdale, Diane Blessing, Nicki Bolt, Erica Carlson, Judy Dadah, Kelli Derosiers, Austin Gerrie, Deb Gonzalez*, Francis Graves, Hailey Hospod, Beth Lambert, Lori Lauria*, Amber Litterer, John McKeon, Theresa Monteith, Thomas Morris*, Brendan Noronha, Robert Quist, Lois Rossiter, Connor Rynning, Morgan Sutton*.
Do they let the litterer go so they can go after the burglar or wait for the PCSO to issue the litter ticket so they can meet their target?
We call this target audience 'Gen L,' or Generation Litterer.
High Honors: Jessica Cosman, Joshua Dande, Nithin Das, Shayna Davis, Ashley Esper, Abhijit Gudivada, Amber Litterer, Caitlin McBride, Julian Roos, Anna Simonelli, Rebecca Wilson.
Car details, registration number, colour, whether it was the driver or passenger, gender of litterer