" Flotsam and jetsam "
Assorted bits and pieces of rubbish; especially items that are found in the sea.
You could say that the cardboard boxes that I've moved from house to house without unpacking are the flotsam and jetsam of my life.
Where did it originate?:
- 19th century. Derives from 'things that float' and 'things that have been jettisoned'.
Where is it used?:
Mostly Britain, but more widely too.
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