One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the dregs from a bottle of wine’
sediment, deposit, residue, remains, accumulation
scum, debris, dross, detritus, refuse
lees, grounds, scourings
technical precipitate, sublimate, residuum, settlings, alluvium
2‘the dregs of humanity’
down-and-outs, good-for-nothings, outcasts, deadbeats, tramps, vagrants
the underclass, the untouchables, the lowest of the low, the great unwashed, the hoi polloi, the ragtag, the ragtag and bobtail, the canaille
informal riff-raff, Z-list, trash, dossers
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