catch basin

a receptacle, located where a street gutter opens into a sewer, designed to retain matter that would not readily pass through the sewer.

1870–75 Unabridged
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catch basin
(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): catch pit a pit in a drainage system in which matter that might otherwise block a sewer is collected so that it may periodically be removed

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Example sentences
The water then overflows slowly into a rock-covered catch basin.
Spillover flows into a catch basin below the bowl and recirculates.
These shops have become a catch basin of merchandise from afar.
Another serious cause of flooding is the blocking of catch basin grates in our
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