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On a reconnaissance foray into the bowels of the great closet that harbored the jetsam and flotsam washed into the schoolroom over the years, I unearthed a brand-new automatic movie projector.
Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  the part of a ship’s equipment or cargo that is thrown overboard to lighten the load in a storm
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Strongly Associated with:   flotsam
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  • On a reconnaissance foray into the bowels of the great closet that harbored the jetsam and flotsam washed into the schoolroom over the years, I unearthed a brand-new automatic movie projector.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The place was a back eddy, a pool of jetsam beyond the pull of the main current, and that suited him just fine.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • It was the type of flotsam and jetsam (a pair of words I had just learned from the dictionary) that washes up on your coffee table, lies around for a week or so, and then makes way for whatever comes in on the next tide.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • What flotsam and jetsam we were, women of all accents and prospects washed up there boiling grits or pasta, whatever we knew as comfort, united by our effort not to think about our husbands’ hands learning to cradle a gun.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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  • The pills were the tide; Annie Wilkes was the lunar presence which pulled them into his mouth like jetsam on a wave.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Then again, it wasn’t as if she’d ever seen his bedroom at home, which presumably was covered with band posters, sports trophies, boxes of those games he loved to play, musical instruments, books—all the flotsam and jetsam of a normal life.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Already men were labouring to clear a way through the jetsam of battle; and now out from the Gate came some bearing litters.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Life surges, precipitating forms, and then ebbs, leaving jetsam behind.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • In a few moments he was barefoot, his stockings folded in his pockets and his canvas shoes dangling by their knotted laces over his shoulders and, picking a pointed salt-eaten stick out of the jetsam among the rocks, he clambered down the slope of the breakwater.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • God, the flotsam and jetsam that life washed up on our shores!
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys

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  • Rieux knew that desperate solutions had been mooted, such as throwing the corpses into the sea, and a picture had risen before him of hideous jetsam lolling in the shallows under the cliffs.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • I took my mind, my being, the old dejected, almost inanimate object, and lashed it about among these odds and ends, sticks and straws, detestable little bits of wreckage, flotsam and jetsam, floating on the oily surface.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Chapter 9 Flotsam and Jetsam Gandalf and the King’s company rode away, turning eastward to make the circuit of the ruined walls of Isengard.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • ůstamps (7 schilling, mauve, imperforate, Hamburg, 1866: 4 pence, rose, blue paper, perforate, Great Britain, 1855: 1 franc, stone, official, rouletted, diagonal surcharge, Luxemburg, 1878), antique dynastical ring, unique relic) in unusual repositories or by unusual means: from the air (dropped by an eagle in flight), by fire (amid the carbonised remains of an incendiated edifice), in the sea (amid flotsam, jetsam, lagan and derelict), on earth (in the gizzard of a comestible fowl).
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Throughout December it smoldered in the chests of our townspeople, fed the fires in the crematorium, and peopled the camps with human jetsam.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
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Associated words [difficulty]:   jetsam [8] , flotsam [5]
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