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dishpan

[dish-pan] /ˈdɪʃˌpæn/
noun
1.
a large pan in which dishes, pots, etc., are washed.
Origin of dishpan
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism; dish + pan1
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  • Then I put a dishpan on the cook stove, poured in the flour, boiling water and glue.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • And is the dishpan still at the castle of Ugu the Shoemaker?

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • With a cloth in one hand and a bar of soap in the other, she elbowed him away from the dishpan.

    Walter and the Wireless Sara Ware Bassett
  • First he took the Great Book of Records and put it in the dishpan.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • A carpet slipper shot through the open door and landed in the dishpan; the other slipper disappeared mysteriously.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • Then the cook came out and beat a tattoo on the bottom of a dishpan.

  • Missouri Jones, taking aim, spat carefully into the centre of the fire, missing the dishpan by a calculated and accurate inch.

    Gold Stewart White
  • When this is put over the drain outlet the sink may be used as a dishpan.

  • She was trimmed up with a bouquet of violets as large as a dishpan, and she covered them with her hands when I kissed her.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The woman soon rattled a pile of spoons and forks into a dishpan.

    Old Times in Dixie Land Caroline E. Merrick
British Dictionary definitions for dishpan

dishpan

/ˈdɪʃˌpæn/
noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) a large pan for washing dishes, pots, etc
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Word Origin and History for dishpan
n.

"pan in which dishes are washed," 1872, from dish (n.) + pan (n.). Dishpan hands attested from 1944.

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