Definition of odds and ends in English:

odds and ends

plural noun

  • Miscellaneous articles or remnants.

    • ‘Cath's room was cluttered with odds and ends, computer parts and engine pieces.’
    • ‘The tools and other odds and ends under the two sheds sit covered in dust, quietly neglected and rusting away.’
    • ‘His friends, too, wander around selling odds and ends or collecting rubbish for which they get three or five rupees at the most.’
    • ‘An ingenious idea, we used papier mâché, loads of glue and odds and ends to adorn our poles.’
    • ‘He's got enough steaks in the freezer, and a warehouse of odds and ends from which to pull together a packet of rarities.’
    • ‘The dogs hauled much of the food along with odds and ends of other gear, lightening the load in the skiers' packs.’
    • ‘They contained odds and ends that Grypps had collected during his stay as the Chairman of the Iter project.’
    • ‘I could fashion a rope out of odds and ends in the attic, wait until dark before climbing down three floors and making a break.’
    • ‘I claw at the floor, the walls, the odds and ends and knick-knacks that they decorated the apartment with.’
    • ‘Patching together odds and ends from his house, he could build anything from scratch.’
    • ‘Unless she's thrown it away, the broken watch is still in a box of miscellaneous odds and ends on a shelf in the den.’
    • ‘Today I got roped into doing a count of all the odds and ends in the various stock rooms around the car parks.’
    • ‘Smith was a pack rat, collecting marbles, screws, and other odds and ends.’
    • ‘Rainman and I stopped by Wal-Mart to pick up a Christmas gift, some batteries and other odds and ends.’
    • ‘She carried a box of odds and ends, holding his hair gel, combs, a loose shirt.’
    • ‘I come closer to the dresser, stepping lightly around the miscellaneous odds and ends.’
    • ‘There are plenty of odds and ends of machinery littered about the engine-room floor, though it's also worth looking higher up.’
    • ‘A little common sense and an hour or two of spring cleaning will give you the extra room needed for the odds and ends that should be stored away.’
    • ‘There are no strange electrical fixtures on the wall, and a lot less odds and ends around on the desks and tables.’
    • ‘As a result Utopía isn't referred to as an album proper, but rather a collection of odds and ends.’
    bits and pieces, bits and bobs, bits, pieces, stuff, paraphernalia, things
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Pronunciation

odds and ends

/ˈˌädz ən ˈen(d)z//ˈˌɑdz ən ˈɛn(d)z/