Definition of flotsam and jetsam in English:

flotsam and jetsam


  • Useless or discarded objects.

    • ‘For all the flotsam and jetsam of colourful costumes and props and clownishness, this production lacks the emotional and mythic dimensions of Beaumont's vision.’
    • ‘She was whirled off with the rest of the flotsam and jetsam.’
    • ‘Harmonization was one of those words I thought I'd seen the end of, but here it is again, surfacing among the flotsam and jetsam at City Hall.’
    • ‘But, as I walk through here, the mud that is caked and the flotsam and jetsam.’
    • ‘And his audiences react in this way because MacLennan's ideas sometimes seem a mishmash, an arbitrary collection of the lost and found, flotsam and jetsam.’
    • ‘In Godfrey and Watt's other gallery in Westminster Arcade, Emma Dunbar is exhibiting a small group of paintings inspired by the seaside, birds, boats and the flotsam and jetsam of harbours.’
    • ‘Had they built upon the support demonstrated in the first Lok Sabha would they have been reduced to backroom boys manoeuvring to build a ship with the flotsam and jetsam of Indian politics?’
    • ‘I certainly don't have the time to write such mundanities or the stomach for having the flotsam and jetsam of my life zapping around the globe, courtesy of the Web.’
    • ‘I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him.’
    • ‘For mainstream media, the plentiful underachievers are customarily the rough equivalent of flotsam and jetsam.’
    • ‘Typical examples of materials found include visitor waste, flotsam and jetsam, off-shore fishing waste and articles such as cotton buds and materials washed down toilets.’
    • ‘They consider the flotsam and jetsam of his life including his confessed ‘morbid sensitivity to the opinion of others’.’
    • ‘Through these cells - some for men, some for women, some for young offenders - come all the flotsam and jetsam of humanity who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.’
    • ‘Consisting entirely of discovered letters, lists, angry diatribes and photographs, each issue of Found presents a glimpse into the oft-wondrous flotsam and jetsam of human existence.’
    • ‘Also they have a notoriously low profile making them hard to discern from the other random flotsam and jetsam on the beach till a couple ton of them get a good head start on decomposing.’
    • ‘They were modernist, Marxist and anti-Stalinist, despised by communists and ignored by conservatives, the international flotsam and jetsam of the Age of Ideology.’
    • ‘The kitchen, home to the four soups and a fair number of guests, bore the brunt of the mess, and after I'd emptied the rest of the party's flotsam and jetsam into there too I had quite a job on my hands.’
    • ‘This is just flotsam and jetsam on the big scheme of things.’
    • ‘It seems the ranks of Europe's elite cannot fathom that the continent's flotsam and jetsam of centuries past made it to American shores and created a country of unmatched wealth, opportunity and power.’
    • ‘If you focus on anything - anything at all, any detail of the flotsam and jetsam of your everyday surroundings, just randomly wandering around, you collect jewels.’
    debris, waste, waste matter, discarded matter, refuse, rubbish, litter, scrap, flotsam and jetsam, lumber, rubble, wreckage
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