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Definition of flotsam noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1parts of boats, pieces of wood or garbage, etc. that are found on land near the ocean or floating on the ocean; any kind of garbage The beaches are wide and filled with interesting flotsam and jetsam. compare jetsam
  2. 2people who have no home or job and who move from place to place, often rejected by society the human flotsam of inner cities
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