odds and ends

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Origin of odds and ends

First recorded in 1740–50
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Examples from the Web for odds and ends

Historical Examples of odds and ends

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

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke

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

    A Great Emergency and Other Tales

    Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing

  • Poor little gentlefolk, the odds-and-ends of existence, the pence and threepenny bits of human life!

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for odds and ends

odds and ends

pl n
  1. miscellaneous items or articles
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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.

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