dreck

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See also: Dreck and dréck

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From Yiddish דרעק(drek, dirt, crap), from Middle High German drek, from Old High German *threc (in mūsthrec), from Proto-Germanic *þrakjaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)terǵ-, *(s)terḱ-, *(s)treḱ- (manure, dung; to sully, soil, decay). Compare Dutch drek (dung; semi-liquid filth; mud), German Dreck (dirt; filth), Latin stercus (dung, manure)

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dreck (uncountable)

  1. (informal) Trash; worthless merchandise.
    Synonyms: crap, junk, trash
    • 2018 August 2, Kara Swisher, “The Expensive Education of Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley”, in New York Times[1]:
      Unfortunately, the conversation soon turned into a late-night freshman-year dorm-room debate, as he stumbled into a controversy of his own making by using Holocaust deniers and their appalling falsehoods as an example of how much dreck should be allowed on the platform.
    The reviewer was worried that, were a certain host hired for the game show, he would begin giving away dreck for prizes instead of the good stuff they did for years.

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