odds and sods

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - odds and sods

"odds and sods"

miscellaneous small matters (as of business) to be attended to;

miscellaneous items, fragments and remnants


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - odds and sods

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Are you almost ready to head out for the day?

Colleague 2: I've just got a few odds and sods to take care of before leaving.

Colleague 1: How long will you be?

Colleague 2: Ten or fifteen minutes. There are just a couple of quick things I need to do, nothing major.

Colleague 1: OK. I'll wait for you.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - odds and sods

A couple are talking ...

Wife: When are you going to clean up all those odds and sods of lumber left over from building the deck?

Husband: Those pieces of wood may look like scrap to you but to me they could still be used to build other small items.

Wife: That's fine. I wasn't suggesting that you throw them away but tidying up all the cut-off bits of lumber would be good.

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odds and sods - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for odds and sods.

odds and sods - Examples:

1)  ... don't have the funds for a new playground, get local organizations to donate odds and sods and have kids from the neighborhood build their own temporary adventure playground.

2)  ... is an excellent guideline in keeping my house from overflowing with impulse buys, and odds and sods that don't fit anywhere.

3)  It had been the home for an old fridge, with odds and sods resting on top, and a stack of cartons.

4)  This place has so much cute stuff! Lots of vintage housewares and odds and sods. Some pieces of furniture. All very reasonable priced compared to the ...

5)  Almost every rule implemented, almost all due to climate, safety or similar odds and sods, costs extra in some form.

6)  I had to go to a lingerie shop to buy the odds and sods that will go under my maid of honor dress on Saturday.

7)  ... postponing all work that was of much importance but doing little odds and sods of writing, trifles that would help me pass away the time.

8)  As it turned out, he was a genius with his hands. Patching together odds and sods from his house, he could build anything from scratch.

9)  In addition to the 12 issues above, here are a few other odds and sods that couldn't be placed with any specific quote.

10)  ... 500 GB external hard drive for files, music, and photos and other assorted odds and sods like programs.

11)  Side pockets are great places to store cards you don't use often and other odds and sods.

12)  I buy paper, stickers and other odds and sods for making card and other projects. 

13)  This is where one may use your compendium of interest in odds and sods to enliven a conversation.

14)  If you're going away to college, no doubt you are looking for odds and sods like toasters and microwaves.

15)  ... only added one person to our family, we now have a gazillion little odds and sods that we need to take with us whenever we leave the house.

16)  This patchwork was made of all sorts of odds and sods -- pretty bits of silk and velvet; ...

17)  A thousand odds and sods of knowledge come crashing about my head like hailstones.

18)  ... as in my garage, they are filled with an assortment of odds and sods. With the original contents removed, their emptiness becomes a catchall for ...

19)  You have a drawer to arrange your odds and sods. You also have a big wardrobe for your clothes.

20)  While previous career retrospectives have focussed on Brooks's films, this collection assembles odds and sods from around the margins of his career, ranging from classic interviews with ...