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flotsamnoun [U]

uk   /ˈflɒt.səm/  us   /ˈflɑːt-/ (also flotsam and jetsam)
pieces of ​brokenwood and other ​wastematerialsfound on the ​beach or ​floating on the ​sea: We ​wandered along the ​shore, ​stepping over the flotsam that had ​washed up in the ​night. anything or anyone that is not ​wanted or not ​considered to be ​important or ​useful: The ​homelesssleep in ​doorways and ​stations - we ​step over ​theirbodies like so much ​human flotsam.
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