Odds-and-ends meaning

Odds and ends refer to an assortment of things.

The random little things you throw in your suitcase when packing right before you leave, like dental floss, an extra sweater and an extra book to read on the plane, are all examples of odds and ends.

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Miscellaneous items, remnants, or pieces.
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Scraps; remnants; oddments.
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(idiomatic) Miscellaneous things.

The garage was filled with a random assortment of odds and ends.

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Origin of odds-and-ends

  • From an dialectal corruption of ords and ends (“points and endings" or "beginnings and ends"). More at ord, end.

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