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[duhst-pan] /ˈdʌstˌpæn/
a short-handled shovellike utensil into which dust is swept for removal.
Origin of dustpan
1775-85; dust + pan1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The crippling ash potion was swept up into a dustpan.
  • In this case, use a dustpan and squeegee or disposable cardboard to scoop up the spill materials and sharps.
  • If large, loose material is present on the surface, it should be collected with a whisk broom and dustpan.
  • Use a towel, shovel, and/or broom and a dustpan to pick up these sharp objects.
  • Use a glove and tongs, shovel, or broom and dustpan to pick it up.
  • Use a glove and tongs, shovel or broom and dustpan to pick it up.
  • Dust samples were collected by sweeping dust from areas of several square meters with a soft nylon brush into a dustpan.
  • Transfer the entire sample collected in the dustpan to the container, minimizing escape of dust particles.
  • Clean up the drill cuttings with a dustpan and brush or vacuum.
  • They can also be swept up with a broom and dustpan and be deposited outside well away from the house.
British Dictionary definitions for dustpan


a short-handled hooded shovel into which dust is swept from floors, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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