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Definition of "odds and ends" [odds and ends]

  • Miscellaneous items, remnants, or pieces. (noun-plural)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "odds and ends" in a sentence
  • "Choking upon it, Penrod slid down from the fence, and with slow and thoughtful steps entered a one-storied wing of the stable, consisting of a single apartment, floored with cement and used as a storeroom for broken bric-a-brac, old paint-buckets, decayed garden-hose, worn-out carpets, dead furniture, and other condemned odds and ends not yet considered hopeless enough to be given away."
  • "Then I traveled to High Point, North Carolina, to the furniture store of Edgar Broyhill, the son of the former senator and our friend Jim Broyhill, and I picked out materials and ordered couches, chairs, tables, and some odds and ends for the first floor."
  • "She was prolific of codicils and was always adding bits about what Douglas was to do with odds and ends of silver and jewelry."