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[duhst-bin] /ˈdʌstˌbɪn/
noun, Chiefly British
an ashcan; garbage can.
Also, dust bin.
1840-50; dust + bin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • We are merely waiting for elections to confine him to the dustbin of history.
  • The idea of global warming seemed bound for the intellectual dustbin.
  • But it is exciting when a neglected talent is recovered from the dustbin of history.
  • It was a relic, consigned to the dustbin of history by a rising tide of contempt for the academic curriculum.
  • Argues that for years the emphasis on historical specialization relegated world history to the academic dustbin.
  • Safety should never be an enigma buried in some musty bureaucratic dustbin.
  • It needs to be relegated to the dustbin of economic history.
  • But history overtook them and their crowns and armies are part of the dustbin of history.
British Dictionary definitions for dustbin


a large, usually cylindrical container for rubbish, esp one used by a household US and Canadian names garbage can, trash can
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dustbin

1848, from dust (n.) + bin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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