Synonyms for dregs

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Malbone, greedy of emotion, was drinking to the dregs a passion that could have no to-morrow.

But Della drained her draught of joy to the dregs, and then tilted her cup anew.

The pimps of proxenetism are recruited from the dregs of society.

There cling to him still the limitations and dregs of his brute life.

The sins of man are generally the dregs of his brute ancestry.

But Philip had kept him apart, had banked him off, and yet drained him to the dregs.

It might be likened to the dregs of love, all that remained after the potent wine of it had been drained off.

Ercole emptied his wine-cup at a draught and splashed the dregs on to the floor.

Into what dregs of vice, what a sink of iniquity was I plunged!

The strong smell of brandy rising from the dregs was unmistakable.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300 (implied in surname Dryngedregges), from Old Norse dregg "sediment," from Proto-Germanic *drag- (cf. Old High German trestir, German Trester "grapeskins, husks"), from PIE *dher- (1) "to make muddy." Replaced Old English cognate dræst, dærst "dregs, lees." Figurative use is from 1530s.

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