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[duhst-heep] /ˈdʌstˌhip/
a heap or pile of rubbish, refuse, or the like.
oblivion; obscurity; disregard; disuse:
He was consigned to the dustheap after many years of public service.
Origin of dustheap
1645-55; dust + heap Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This going to the dust heap for a few grains of millet and then going home to bed continued for about a week.

    Zanzibar Tales Various
  • No danger of your getting into the dust heap, Frank laughed.

    Boy Scouts in the Northwest G. Harvey Ralphson
  • Freedom of speech and press was relegated to the dust heap as dead heresies against constituted authority.

    The Fall of a Nation Thomas Dixon
  • This cumbrous piece of mahogany, tilted forward into the room, from the lapse of one decaying leg, was a dust heap in itself.

    Bats in the Wall P. T. Raymond
  • The sixth day he was sitting very mournfully on the dust heap when he felt something brush against him.

  • I shall never forget that horrible little affair behind the dust heap.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • So they threw it on a dust heap where the dead swallow was also lying.

    The Silent Readers William D. Lewis
  • On her way out she stopped before Taffy's picture—a chiffonnier with his lantern bending over a dust heap.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • Perro gazed at them sadly from the carriage window remembering perhaps his own dust heap days.

    The Velvet Glove Henry Seton Merriman
  • I aint scarcely had any water fer a week, and that field of millet in the northeast corner of my place is dry as a dust heap.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson

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