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garbage can

a container, usually of metal or plastic, for the disposal of waste matter, especially kitchen refuse.
Compare trash can.
Origin of garbage can
1905-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for garbage can
  • In fourth grade she built a remote-controlled garbage can.
  • Instead of flushing condoms, you can wrap them in toilet tissue or put them in plastic bags before throwing them in a garbage can.
  • But the clatter and rumble of garbage can lids and maintenance vans remained.
  • Do not leave garbage can lids upside down or allow water to collect in your garbage can.
  • Empty gasoline cans smaller than five gallons may be placed in your garbage can.
  • Do not leave garbage can lids upside down or allow water to collect in the bottom of the garbage can.
  • Please do not put your recycling in plastic bags or in your garbage can.
  • By recycling your yard debris you can reduce the amount of debris placed in your garbage can.
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water before putting them in a garbage can.
  • Do not simply toss these unwanted products in the garbage can.
British Dictionary definitions for garbage can

garbage can

(US & Canadian) a large, usually cylindrical container for refuse, esp one used by a household Also called ash bin, ash can, trash can, (in Britain (and certain other countries)) dustbin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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