- Usually leftovers. food remaining uneaten at the end of a meal, especially when saved for later use.
- anything left or remaining from a larger amount; remainder.
- being left or remaining, as an unused portion or amount: leftover meatloaf.
Origin of leftover
1890–95; noun use of verb phrase left over; see left2
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3. surplus, excess, extra.
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Examples from the Web for leftover
In Rwanda, an unbalanced ratio leaves 83 of every 100 citizens dependent on the leftover 17 for survival.After the Genocide, Rwanda’s Widows Aging Alone
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Human tails are part of the evolutionary baggage that we carry in our bodies, leftover from our ancestors.The Crazy Way Creationists Try To Explain Human Tails Without Evolution
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This consisted of wine that was now free and leftover cheese.Backstage at the Razzie Awards, Honoring Hollywood’s Worst Films
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Three years on, doesn't it already feel like a leftover from a bygone era?Occupy Needs to Ride Again
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Empty the mushrooms from the strainer basket into the pot with the leftover broth.The Gadget Chef: Reconstructed Chicken Soup
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Do not use mixtures which have been leftover and allowed to stand for some time.The Pecan and its Culture
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A can of asparagus, a leftover from the housekeeping of the spring, was unearthed.Molly Brown of Kentucky
It was not right that she should be forced to take a leftover.The Fourth R
George Oliver Smith
This may be used for leftover slices or small pieces of any kind of cooked meat.
Leftover bits of meat, bone, or gristle may be used alone or with some fresh meat and bone from shin or neck.
- (often plural) an unused portion or remnant, as of material or of cooked food
- left as an unused portion or remnant
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Word Origin and History for leftover
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