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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 of wastebasket
1855-1860
1855-60; waste + basket
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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

wastebasket

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