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odds and ends

noun
1.
miscellaneous items, matters, etc.
2.
fragments; remnants; scraps; bits.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50
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British Dictionary definitions for odds and endses

odds and ends

plural noun
1.
miscellaneous items or articles
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Slang definitions & phrases for odds and endses

odds and ends

noun phrase

A miscellany of leftovers, outsizes, scraps, unmatched bits, etc (mid-1700s+)


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Idioms and Phrases with odds and endses
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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