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[dreg] /drɛg/
dregs, the sediment of liquids; lees; grounds.
Usually, dregs. the least valuable part of anything:
the dregs of society.
a small remnant; any small quantity.
Origin of dreg
1250-1300; Middle English < Old Norse dreg yeast (plural dreggjar dregs); cognate with Old Swedish dräg dregs Unabridged
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  • Something will occur to dreg my expected draught of happiness with sorrow.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • Surely he didn't tell you to dreg the stones on to the trep?

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell
  • I will drink the cup which thou hast mingled, and not a dreg of any of its ingredients shall be left for my people.

  • I will drink the cup which Thou hast mingled, and not a dreg of any of its ingredients shall be left for my people.

    Christmas Evans Paxton Hood
  • That friend, the spirit of thy themeExtracting for your ease, Will leave to me the dreg, in thoughtsToo common; such as these.

  • No fragments were too small for use in Sister Anne's most skilful cookery; not a crumb, nor a dreg, nor a drop was wasted.

British Dictionary definitions for dreg


a small quantity: not a dreg of pity See also dregs
Word Origin
see dregs
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Word Origin and History for dreg

see dregs.

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