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flotsam

noun [U] uk   /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. 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.
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