garbage can

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Two metal garbage cans

garbage can (plural garbage cans)

  1. A receptacle, usually roughly cylindrical and wider at the top than at the bottom, which serves as a place to discard waste materials.

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The phrase originally referred to large metal containers, (typically in the shape of a can) but is now used interchangeably with other names of receptacles for waste materials.

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