American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Miscellaneous items, remnants, or pieces.
- n. idiomatic Miscellaneous things.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. that which is left; remnants; fragments; refuse; scraps; miscellaneous articles.
- n. a motley assortment of things
- From an dialectal corruption of ords and ends ("points and endings" or "beginnings and ends"). More at ord, end. (Wiktionary)
“I had a poshteen in my valise, and had gathered a few odds and ends since coming to Lahore — Persian boots, pyjamys and sash for lounging on the hotter days, and the like.”
“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.”
“There were a few odds and ends in the last drawer: a platinum wristwatch, some gold-embossed cuff-links, rubber bands, stamps.”
“All sorts of odds and ends were lying around: old reins, pieces of harness, a candle-end, a broken pipe …”
“Like hairdressing and hotel-keeping, publishing is forced to be class-conscious, and just as front-rank restaurateurs are sometimes known to have smaller, cheaper establishments tucked away in the back streets, where, under less dignified names, money is made and odds and ends used up without waste, so sometimes distinguished publishing houses have humbler sisters where less rare but equally filling mental dishes are prepared and distributed.”
“He had some odds and ends of Twiddletoy in his pockets, and as soon as the front door slammed he got to work.”
“She was prolific of codicils and was always adding bits about what Douglas was to do with odds and ends of silver and jewelry.”
“They worked their way quickly down through the desk drawers, Thanet on one side, Lineham on the other, finding only the usual odds and ends which seem to accumulate in any desk, together with stationery, bank statements (healthy without being remarkable), old cheque-book stubs and household bills and receipts.”
“The Gottschalks had a drawer in the kitchen with pliers and screwdrivers and the usual odds and ends of household hardware.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘odds and ends’.
alas and alack, apples and oranges, coffee and tea, cream and sugar, father and son, forgive and forget, ins and outs, kith and kin, knit and purl, milk and cookies, mother and daughter, odds and ends and 181 more...
Collocations with 'and' & 'or'
neither fish nor ..., neither hide nor ..., alive and kicking, all or nothing, an arm and a leg, apples and oranges, back and forth, be-all and end-all, bells and whistles, black and white, blood and guts, bow and arrow and 230 more...
contrasting idioms incorporating 'and'
odds and ends, nook and cranny, plug and play, pick and roll, hunt and peck, nickel and dime, movers and shakers, salt and pepper, rack and ruin, profit and loss, rock and roll, rods and cones and 83 more...
A list of bejumble and minglement.
Saying the same thing twice. More or less.
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adam and eve, again and again, alpha and omega, arts and crafts, b and b, back and forth, bacon and eggs, be-all and end-all, bells and whistles, black and blue, black and tan, blood and guts and 165 more...
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