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noun

miscellaneous items, matters, etc.
fragments; remnants; scraps; bits.

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Origin of odds and ends

First recorded in 1740–50
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British Dictionary definitions for odds and ends

odds and ends

pl n

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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