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flotsam

noun [U]     /ˈflɒt.səm/ US  /ˈflɑːt-/ (also flotsam and jetsam)
pieces of broken wood and other waste materials found on the beach or floating on the sea : We wandered along the shore , stepping over the flotsam that had washed up in the night .Rubbish and wasteEnvironmental issues anything or anyone that is not wanted or not considered to be important or useful : The homeless sleep in doorways and stations - we step over their bodies like so much human flotsam.Rubbish and wasteEnvironmental issues
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