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odds and ends

pl.n.
Miscellaneous items, remnants, or pieces.

odds and ends

pl n
miscellaneous items or articles

odds′ and ends′


n.pl.
1. miscellaneous items, matters, etc.
2. fragments; remnants; scraps; bits.
[1740–50]

odds and ends

- The first official odds and ends were found in lumberyards—odds were pieces of board split irregularly by the sawmill, ends were pieces trimmed from boards that were cut to specific lengths.
See also related terms for odds.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.odds and ends - a motley assortment of thingsodds and ends - a motley assortment of things  
assortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety, mixture - a collection containing a variety of sorts of things; "a great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a variety of disorders"; "a veritable smorgasbord of religions"

odds and ends

noun
Articles too small or numerous to be specified:
etcetera (used in plural), oddment (used in plural), sundries.
Translations
فَضَلات، بَقايا، نَثَرات
diverse småting
koještarija
apró-cseprõ holmikez-az
smádót, samtíningur
drobnarije
ufak tefek şeyler

odds and ends

plKrimskrams m, → Kram m; (of food)Reste pl; (of cloth)Reste pl, → Flicken pl; bring all your odds and endsbringen Sie Ihren ganzen Kram or Ihre Siebensachen (inf)

odds and ends

(fam) npl (assorted objects) → oggetti mpl vari; (junk) → cianfrusaglie fpl
I'll finish the last few odds and ends tomorrow → le ultime due o tre cosette le finisco domani

odd

(od) adjective
1. unusual; strange. He's wearing very odd clothes; a very odd young man.
2. (of a number) that cannot be divided exactly by 2. 5 and 7 are odd (numbers).
3. not one of a pair, set etc. an odd shoe.
4. occasional; free. at odd moments.
ˈoddityplural ˈoddities noun
a strange person or thing. He's a bit of an oddity.
ˈoddly adverb
strangely. He is behaving very oddly.
ˈoddment noun
a piece left over from something. an oddment of material.
odds noun plural
1. chances; probability. The odds are that he will win.
2. a difference in strength, in favour of one side. They are fighting against heavy odds.
odd jobs
(usually small) jobs of various kinds, often done for other people. He's unemployed, but earns some money by doing odd jobs for old people.
odd job man
a person employed to do such jobs.
be at odds
to be quarrelling. He has been at odds with his brother for years.
make no odds
to be unimportant. We haven't got much money, but that makes no odds.
oddly enough
it is strange or remarkable (that). I saw John this morning. Oddly enough, I was just thinking I hadn't seen him for a long time.
odd man out / odd one out
1. a person or thing that is different from others. In this test, you have to decide which of these three objects is the odd one out.
2. a person or thing that is left over when teams etc are made up. When they chose the two teams, I was the odd man out.
odds and ends
small objects etc of different kinds. There were various odds and ends lying about on the table.
what's the odds?
it's not important; it doesn't matter. We didn't win the competition but what's the odds?
References in classic literature ?
Amy did not come, Meg went to her room to try on a new dress, Jo was absorbed in her story, and Hannah was sound asleep before the kitchen fire, when Beth quietly put on her hood, filled her basket with odds and ends for the poor children, and went out into the chilly air with a heavy head and a grieved look in her patient eyes.
Dur- ing the winter he read to her all of the odds and ends of thoughts he had scribbled on the bits of paper.
But, as before hinted, for some time there was a continual fetching and carrying on board of divers odds and ends of things, both large and small.
This floor was filthy, yet they set Antanas with his mop slopping the "pickle" into a hole that connected with a sink, where it was caught and used over again forever; and if that were not enough, there was a trap in the pipe, where all the scraps of meat and odds and ends of refuse were caught, and every few days it was the old man's task to clean these out, and shovel their contents into one of the trucks with the rest of the meat!