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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.]
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a small quantity: not a dreg of pity.
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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)]
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dreg- A small remnant or a small quantity.
See also related terms for small quantity.
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1. Matter that settles on a bottom or collects on a surface by a natural process.Often used in plural:
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