a large pan in which dishes, pots, etc., are washed.

1870–75, Americanism; dish + pan1 Unabridged
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dishpan (ˈdɪʃˌpæn)
chiefly (US), (Canadian) a large pan for washing dishes, pots, etc

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Example sentences
When hand-washing dishes, use a dishpan or a stopper in the sink.
When hand-washing dishes or fruits and vegetables, fill a dishpan with water
  instead of letting the tap run continuously.
If a dishwasher is not available, use a dishpan or plug the sink for washing
  and rinsing dishes.
Take the pop can with some sort of tongs so you do not burn yourself and place
  pop can in the dishpan water top-down.
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