odds and ends


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odds and ends

An assortment of small, miscellaneous items, especially those that are not especially important or valuable. I can never find what I need amongst all the odds and ends in this drawer! I wish the house weren't so cluttered up with odds and ends.
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odds and ends

miscellaneous things. There were lots of odds and ends in the attic, but nothing of real value. I had the whole house cleaned out except for a few odds and ends that you might want to keep.
See also: and, end, odds
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

odds and ends

Miscellaneous items, fragments and remnants, as in I've finished putting everything away, except for a few odds and ends. This expression may have originated as odd ends in the mid-1500s, meaning "short leftovers of some material" (such as lumber or cloth). It had acquired its present form and meaning by the mid-1700s.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

odds and ends

miscellaneous articles and remnants.
A racier alternative formulation is odds and sods .
See also: and, end, odds
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odds and ˈends

(British English also odds and ˈsods) (informal) small items that are not valuable or are not part of a larger set: She’s got all kinds of interesting odds and ends on her desk.I’ve got a few odds and ends (= small jobs) to do before leaving.
See also: and, end, odds
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odds and ends

Fragments and remnants; a miscellaneous collection. This term may have originated as odd ends, meaning short leftovers from bolts of cloth. It was transferred to miscellany of other kinds by the mid-sixteenth century, and by the mid-eighteenth century it had become the modern cliché.
See also: and, end, odds
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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