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odds and ends

miscellaneous items, matters, etc.
fragments; remnants; scraps; bits.
Origin of odds and ends
1740-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Very frequently the odds-and-ends corner of the garden is the most attractive feature in it.

    Amateur Gardencraft Eben E. Rexford
  • A grated floor formed a small chamber immediately under the roof, where baskets and odds-and-ends are stowed away.

  • Some talked frocks, some music, some picture-palaces, some odds-and-ends.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
  • Poor little gentlefolk, the odds-and-ends of existence, the pence and threepenny bits of human life!

  • So when they got home her godmother went to her odds-and-ends drawer.

    A Great Emergency and Other Tales Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
British Dictionary definitions for odds-and-ends

odds and ends

plural noun
miscellaneous items or articles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for odds-and-ends

odds and ends

noun phrase

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

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with odds-and-ends

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.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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