waifs and strays

waifs and strays

People or animals that are in need of a place to stay. "Waif" commonly refers to a person or animal that has been abandoned. It's heartbreaking to see so many waifs and strays wandering the city streets, with no one to care for them.
See also: and, stray

ˌwaifs and ˈstrays


1 people with no home, especially children in a big city: There are lots of waifs and strays living on the streets here.
2 (humorous) lonely people with nowhere else to go: My wife is always inviting various waifs and strays from work to our house. She seems to attract them.
See also: and, stray
References in classic literature ?
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.
DThe pride of Birkenhead returns to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home for a one-hour special, incorporating his unique blend of heartfelt warmth and humour as he tells the stories of its waifs and strays and tries to give the dogs the best Christmas present possible - a new home.
Through the vicious winter of 1947, war widow Tommy struggles to keep the family's Jacobean manor house running in the face of fierce rationing, a cash crisis and a collection of waifs and strays sheltering under their roof.
So, two of the country's top dog trainers, Jo-Rosie Haffenden and Nando Brown, have been scouring the kennels of the Dogs Trust and Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, assessing over 100 waifs and strays for the perfect canine partners.
To help them make the transition, the canines will be aided by two of the country's top specialist trainers, Jo-Rosie Haffenden and Nando Brown, who have assessed over 100 different waifs and strays in their quest to find the most suitable four-legged candidates.
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.
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.
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.
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 in the title could actually refer to Micah Ballard's wayward lines as they drift in and line up.
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.