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ashcan

[ash-kan] /ˈæʃˌkæn/
noun
1.
a large metal barrel, can, or similar receptacle for ashes, garbage, or refuse.
2.
Slang. a depth charge.
3.
Movies. an arc light of 1000 watts, enclosed in a reflector.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; ash1 + can2
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British Dictionary definitions for ash can

ash can

noun
1.
a US word for dustbin Also called garbage can, ash bin, trash can
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Slang definitions & phrases for ash can

ash can

noun phrase

An antisubmarine depth charge (Navy fr WWI)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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