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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 of ashcan
1895-1900
1895-1900; ash1 + can2
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  • It is to be published on sugar-cured oilskin, the edition to be limited to two numbered copies—one for me and one for the ashcan.

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  • Paul thought it time to beat a silent retreat in the direction of the ashcan he had selected as his cover.

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