dustbin

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English[edit]

Two metal dustbins

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dust +‎ bin

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dustbin (plural dustbins)

  1. (UK) A bin for holding rubbish until it can be collected; a garbage can.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.

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