dregs pl (plural only)
- (collectively) The sediment settled at the bottom of a liquid; the lees in a container of unfiltered wine.
- (figuratively, the dregs) The worst and lowest part of something.
- the dregs of society
- 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, volume 3, chapter 9
- Yet even now I had not drunk the bitter potion to the dregs; I was not yet persuaded of my loss; I did not yet feel in every pulsation, in every nerve, in every thought, that I remained alone of my race - that I was The Last Man.
- The singular form dreg is far less common, but the phrase to the last dreg still has currency.
- debris, deposit, draff, dross, exuviate, feculence, grounds, grouts, lees, loser, orts, outcast, rabble, refuse, residue, residuum, riffraff, rubbish, scum, sediment, settling, trash
the worst and lowest
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