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wastebasket

[weyst-bas-kit, -bah-skit] /ˈweɪstˌbæs kɪt, -ˌbɑ skɪt/
noun
1.
a standing basket for wastepaper, small items of trash, etc.
Also called wastepaper basket.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; waste + basket
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Examples from the web for wastebasket
  • The drawer became over the years a sort of private wastebasket for crumbled-up spite and discarded personalities.
  • Your office mate whistles and leaves half-eaten food in the wastebasket.
  • Their wastebasket contained several scraps of crumpled paper covered with smudged images of copies that hadn't turned out well.
  • In a wastebasket beside the sink, there is one of those amber bottles in which oversweet and low-priced wine is sold.
  • He asked if students wanted papers returned, and if they hesitated he swept the papers into the wastebasket.
  • Striding to the pulpit, he fished one of the opened envelopes out of a wastebasket and accused the preacher of cheating.
  • His arms loaded, he dumped the stuff in a wastebasket, and then stood staring down at the dIsorderly heap.
  • The couch had body-length indentations in its cushions, and soft-drink cans and coffee cups were spilling out of the wastebasket.
  • The letter would be thrown into the wastebasket, where it belonged.
  • My parents came upstairs and were able to put out the fire before it spread anywhere and even the wastebasket was saved.
British Dictionary definitions for wastebasket

wastebasket

/ˈweɪstˌbɑːskɪt/
noun
1.
an open receptacle for paper and other dry litter Also called (esp in Britain) wastepaper basket
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