Anglo-Norman rubouses, of Unknown origin; presumably ultimately from Proto-Germanic *raub- (“to break”) (from whence rob, via meaning “plunder, destroy”). Related to rubble. In verb sense “to criticize”, attested 1953 in Australian and New Zealand slang.
- (chiefly Australia, New Zealand, UK, colloquial) Exceedingly bad; awful; terrible; crappy.
- This has been a rubbish day, and it's about to get worse: my mother-in-law is coming to stay.
- (chiefly Australia, New Zealand, UK, colloquial) Expresses that something is exceedingly bad, terrible or awful.
- The one day I actually practice my violin, the teacher cancels the lesson.
- Aw, rubbish! Though at least this means you have time to play football...
- Expresses that what was recently said is untruth or nonsense.
- Rubbish! I did nothing of the sort!
- (chiefly Australia, New Zealand, UK) Garbage, junk, refuse, waste.
- The rubbish is collected every Thursday in Gloucester, but on Wednesdays in Cheltenham.
- Fragments of buildings; ruins; debris.
- He saw the town's one half in rubbish lie.
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