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or Dumpster

[duhmp-ster] /ˈdʌmp stər/
a large metal bin for refuse designed to be hoisted onto a specially equipped truck for emptying or hauling away.
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  • There were dumpsters there, and a recessed doorway, and they squeezed past the dumpster and into the doorway.

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  • The dumpster blocking their doorway groaned, and then it actually slid a few inches.

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  • There were thousands and thousands of duckies in the dumpster: more than they could ever fit into the Buick.

  • “Spidey-sense is tingling,” he said, as he killed his lights and crept forward to the dumpster.

  • It wasn't as if sitting in the dumpster would infect it or something.

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Word Origin and History for dumpster



1930s, from Dempster-Dumpster trash-hauling mechanism, patented by Dempster Brothers and probably named from dump (v.) with the surname in mind.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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