dreg


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dreg

 (drĕg)
n. often dregs
1. The sediment in a liquid, such as wine or coffee.
2. The basest or least desirable portion: the dregs of humanity.
3. A small amount; a residue: "She would head straight for the kitchen, clinging to the dregs of her energy, not allowing herself to relax before getting the supper on" (Lynn Coady).

[Middle English dreg, from Old Norse dregg.]

dreg

(drɛɡ)
n
a small quantity: not a dreg of pity.

dreg

(drɛg)

n.
1. dregs, the sediment of liquids; lees; grounds.
2. Usu., dregs. the least valuable part of anything: the dregs of society.
3. a small remnant; any small quantity.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old Norse dreg yeast (pl. dreggjar dregs)]
dreg′gy, adj.
dreg′gi•ness, n.

dreg

- A small remnant or a small quantity.
See also related terms for small quantity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dreg - a small amount of residue
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

dreg

noun
1. Matter that settles on a bottom or collects on a surface by a natural process.Often used in plural:
2. A group of persons regarded as the lowest class.Often used in plural:
Slang: scum.
Idioms: scum of the earth, tag and rag, the great unwashed.
References in classic literature ?
Ye are the best braggarts, and have sufficiently learned the art of making dregs boil.
I believe, first, that neither a leader nor any decisive action can come out of the dregs of a people.
My state of mind regarding the pilfering from which I had been so unexpectedly exonerated, did not impel me to frank disclosure; but I hope it had some dregs of good at the bottom of it.
You seemed to dwell in a room where the night before an orgy had taken place: the windows had not been opened in the morning; the air was foul with the dregs of beer, and stale smoke, and flaring gas.
The truth was, the nation as a body was in the world for one object, and one only: to grovel before king and Church and noble; to slave for them, sweat blood for them, starve that they might be fed, work that they might play, drink misery to the dregs that they might be happy, go naked that they might wear silks and jewels, pay taxes that they might be spared from pay- ing them, be familiar all their lives with the degrading language and postures of adulation that they might walk in pride and think themselves the gods of this world.
Armed men and women flocked out of the Quarter so fast, and drew even these last dregs after them with such a force of suction, that within a quarter of an hour there was not a human creature in Saint Antoine's bosom but a few old crones and the wailing children.
Clots of blood had formed in the bruised and broken mass, in colour like the dregs of wine.
But if you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human creature can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby "it.
The case of Duson will be sifted to the dregs, but unless I am greatly mistaken, and I do not see room for the possibility of a mistake, I know the truth already.
When he had done, instead of feeling better, calmer, more enlightened by his discourse, I experienced an inexpressible sadness; for it seemed to me--I know not whether equally so to others--that the eloquence to which I had been listening had sprung from a depth where lay turbid dregs of disappointment--where moved troubling impulses of insatiate yearnings and disquieting aspirations.
The tankards are on the side-table still, but the bossed silver is undimmed by handling, and there are no dregs to send forth unpleasant suggestions: the only prevailing scent is of the lavender and rose-leaves that fill the vases of Derbyshire spar.
When he finally spoke his voice was as bitter as dregs.