Definition of flotsam and jetsam in US English:

flotsam and jetsam


  • Useless or discarded objects.

    • ‘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 consider the flotsam and jetsam of his life including his confessed ‘morbid sensitivity to the opinion of others’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘But, as I walk through here, the mud that is caked and the flotsam and jetsam.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For mainstream media, the plentiful underachievers are customarily the rough equivalent of 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were modernist, Marxist and anti-Stalinist, despised by communists and ignored by conservatives, the international flotsam and jetsam of the Age of Ideology.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    debris, waste, waste matter, discarded matter, refuse, rubbish, litter, scrap, flotsam and jetsam, lumber, rubble, wreckage
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