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flotsam

wreckage from a ship found floating
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flotsam

[′flät·səm]
(engineering)
Floating articles, particularly those that are thrown overboard to lighten a vessel in distress.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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- Check-in Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel (P1080/night in a dorm room)
He compared the SNP government's involvement in the affair to "flotsam and jetsam - the same as the bags that fell upon the poor town of Lockerbie and the people there".
The lack of food was starting to bite but some of the girls found an old rope on the shore and Bear's narration told us your survival often depends on what you can do with the flotsam and jetsam which washed up on deserted island shores.
She goes to Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel to take a break from the relationship.
They are human flotsam and jetsam, washed up on the Libyan coast, where desperate migrants launch perilous sea-crossings to find sanctuary in Europe.
Davis' copious research into the flotsam and jetsam of 1963 establishes the mood: She shows us the billboards lining Route 66, takes us into the motels and truck stops and listens to the pop songs on the radio.
The lads spent long days exploring every inch of the Gare and the rocky shingle south-east of the lighthouse jetty, Boulby Cliffs a haze on the horizon, searching the rock pools for the flotsam and jetsam washed up by the sea and of course, looking for winkles.
Back in the mid noughties, when a panic wave of tsunamic proportions swept through the communication industry to the tune of "let's get digital", the word 'GMOOT' rose in the midst of the flotsam and jetsam. GMOOT - Gimme One Of Those - was the angst-ridden cry of legions of management personnel hanging desperately to debris while everything seemed to be sinking around them."GMOOT websites!","GMOOT microsites!", in fact "GMOOT whatever-seems-to- be-the-latest-rage", in what looked like an incomprehensible maelstorm of computer lingo.
I was disappointed when I got to the Flotsam and Jetsam page.
Street sweepers sort through the flotsam and jetsam, salvaging what can be of use and disregarding the rest.