from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Scraps or remains; residue: The turkey leavings were fed to the dog.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A worthless and incidental residuum, as scraps from a meal or shavings or sawdust from wood.
  • n. A worthless surfeit of material, as leftovers from a meal or scrap lumber.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Things left; remnants; relics.
  • Refuse; offal.


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  • There is an unawareness of the daily blood letting and skin leavings we sacrifice in our work.


  • The farmers would share their wells, and the herders would feed their stock on the leavings from the harvest.

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  • He was for five decades a debonair man about town, a swinger musically and socially, the house pianist on the Playboy TV show and not a guy who had to make do with Hef's leavings from the grotto.

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  • All of a sudden he catches sight of some leavings from the boys 'supper, and begins immediately to grumble because they have had chicken.

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  • There would be a dray drawn by three or four pair of bullocks; London streets never saw that turn-out; and then Eleanor would start at seeing a little group of the natives of the country, dressed in English leavings of costume.

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  • And she noticed that some of the "leavings" of urine were tiny.

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  • The only point of etiquette insisted upon was that no "leavings" should be allowed to remain in the cup or thrown back into the pail, but should be carefully flung upon the floor.

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  • Never before had the starved soul of him -- fed, all his life, when it was fed at all, from the drippings of the flesh-pots and the "leavings" of the

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  • I don't apologize for my words about 'leavings' and all that.

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  • The Hipsters flush out some compelling arguments for harvesting this nitrogen-rich substance; in fact, when it comes to agricultural fertilizers, urine is #1! ecological sanitation, recognizes that human "leavings" are not waste, but a resource for the benefit of agriculture. phosphorus, which may soon be in short supply.

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