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[weyst-bas-kit, -bah-skit] /ˈweɪstˌbæs kɪt, -ˌbɑ skɪt/
a standing basket for wastepaper, small items of trash, etc.
Also called wastepaper basket.
Origin of wastebasket
1855-60; waste + basket Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Faversham had heard and had torn up his small compositions and had put them into the wastebasket, smiling.

    Basil Everman Elsie Singmaster
  • Daniel knocked the ashes from his pipe into the wastebasket.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • With the blinding dawn of Western knowledge, Confucianism went into the wastebasket.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • Years ago I must have laughed at it, when I threw my only copy into the wastebasket.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • It is impossible to work with much enthusiasm and care on exercises which are destined only for the wastebasket.

    Primary Handwork Ella Victoria Dobbs
British Dictionary definitions for wastebasket


an open receptacle for paper and other dry litter Also called (esp in Britain) wastepaper basket
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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