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silent butler

a small receptacle having a handle and a hinged lid, used for collecting the contents of ashtrays, crumbs from a dinner table, etc., for disposal.
Origin of silent butler
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The silent butler drew forward a chair for Orde, and stood looking impassively in Mrs. Bishop's direction.

    The Riverman Stewart Edward White
  • They had wine to dinner, and were waited on by a discreet and silent butler.

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