After being rescued from the ocean several times Buster spent the rest of the afternoon collecting flotsam and jetsam.
If they continue at sea, the law distinguishes them by the barbarous and uncouth appellations of jetsam, flotsam, and ligan.
I am not a purposeless bit of jetsam flung out on the ocean of time to be tossed about helplessly.
Both were "typical of the human flotsam and jetsam washed up by every revolutionary movement."
No, there had been no wreck, yet all about her lay the wave-sodden flotsam and jetsam of many past disasters.
Among the jetsam of those restless Fundy tides almost anything that will float may appear, from a matchbox to a barn.
As soon as it was broke, Gud dismounted and strolled along the beach looking for flotsam and jetsam.
I copped it on the high seas—flotsam and jetsam,' says the 'roughneck.'
He gathered it in and swept his tiny flash around in search of other jetsam from his tool kit.
But the jetsam is in the position of a passenger who has been carried off by the wrong train.
1560s, jottsome "act of throwing goods overboard to lighten a ship," alteration and contraction of Middle English jetteson, from Anglo-French getteson, Old French getaison "a throwing" (see jettison). Intermediate forms were jetson, jetsome; the form perhaps was deformed by influence of flotsam. From 1590s as "goods thrown overboard;" figurative use by 1861. For distinction of meaning, see flotsam.