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  1. something that is left; residue.
  2. leavings, leftovers or remains; refuse.
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Origin of leaving

First recorded in 1300–50, leaving is from the Middle English word leving. See leave1, -ing1
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Historical Examples

  • These leavings were conveyed to the market cellars and there sorted.

    The Fat and the Thin

    Emile Zola

  • Do, do me a favor and let me send you up a can of the leavings every night.

  • I reckon the Master figure it to the last bite because they was no leavings over.

  • For the next forty years, those who remained had been living on leavings.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • As for Spencer coming back to me, do you think I want her leavings?

British Dictionary definitions for leavings


pl n
  1. something remaining, such as food on a plate, residue, refuse, etc
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