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His own life was as littered with hard deeds as the side of a mountain with boulders.

Their quarters were very clean, and littered with fresh straw.

But how come these steel links and splinters of wood to be littered over the floor?'

The table in front of them was littered with papers covered with rows of figures.

Her room was littered, the drawers were filled to overflowing.

He stopped at the door of his office while I traversed the littered anteroom.

The barn floor was littered with damp, stale-smelling straw.

The rooms were littered with the remains of the furniture and belongings.

I followed him across to the Physics Building and into his littered laboratory.

It was littered with saddles and bridles and broken bits of traces.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "a bed," also "bed-like vehicle carried on men's shoulders" (early 14c.), from Anglo-French litere "portable bed," Old French litiere "litter, stretcher, bier; straw, bedding," from Medieval Latin lectaria "litter" (altered in French by influence of lit "bed"), from Latin lectus "bed, couch," from PIE *legh-to-, from root *legh- "to lie" (see lie (v.2)).

Meaning extended early 15c. to "straw used for bedding" (early 14c. in Anglo-French) and late 15c. to "offspring of an animal at one birth" (in one bed); sense of "scattered oddments, disorderly debris" is first attested 1730, probably from Middle English verb literen "provide with bedding" (late 14c.), with notion of strewing straw. Litter by 19c. had come to mean both the straw bedding and the animal waste in it after use.

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