leavings

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Participial form of "leave".

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leavings pl (plural only)

  1. A worthless and incidental residuum, such as scraps from a meal, or shavings or sawdust from wood.
    The leavings were thrown to the dogs.
  2. A worthless surfeit of material, such as leftovers from a meal, or scrap lumber.
    The poor survive on the leavings of the rich and wasteful.
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