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leftover

[left-oh-ver] /ˈlɛftˌoʊ vər/
noun
1.
Usually, leftovers. food remaining uneaten at the end of a meal, especially when saved for later use.
2.
anything left or remaining from a larger amount; remainder.
adjective
3.
being left or remaining, as an unused portion or amount:
leftover meatloaf.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; noun use of verb phrase left over; see left2
Synonyms
3. surplus, excess, extra.
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  • They took something called rice husk ash: the leftover husks from processing rice are burned for energy, and the ash remains.
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  • The leftover mashed-up pulp is then treated with a solvent to remove any remaining oil.
  • They then headed for a lone, leftover, bouncy string.
  • After paying teacher salaries, whatever is leftover in the nonrecurring pool of money gets spent on everything else.
  • Those downy hairs may be more than an evolutionary leftover, though.
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  • The boats have exchange offices with acceptable rates for your leftover cash.
  • They also find tremendous delight in the leftover bones.
British Dictionary definitions for leftover

leftover

/ˈlɛftˌəʊvə/
noun
1.
(often pl) an unused portion or remnant, as of material or of cooked food
adjective
2.
left as an unused portion or remnant
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Word Origin and History for leftover
adj.

also left-over, "remaining, not used up," 1890, from left + over. The noun meaning "something left over" is from 1891; leftovers "excess food after a meal" (especially if re-served later) is from 1878; in this sense Old English had metelaf.

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