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  • noun Plural form of leftover.
  • noun Food remaining after a meal; excess food eaten later.

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  • noun food remaining from a previous meal


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  • This comment added on the day after Thanksgiving! Also see stuffed.

    November 24, 2007

  • "My husband and I are part of a tight-knit social group of four couples who get together for dinner once or twice a week. We all decide on a theme beforehand and bring a dish, potluck-style. My problem is that one of the couples will announce during dinner, “Those potatoes are our leftovers from three days ago,” or, “We had this for dinner last night.”
    Is it just me, or is that gross? I always prepare something fresh for these dinners, as does everyone else. They are not struggling for money, and time isn’t the issue. Should I say something? I tend to ignore what they bring, but I think they will notice eventually. Is this something I should keep my mouth shut about? Or is it bad manners to feed someone else your leftovers?"

    June 23, 2015