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[duhst-man, -muh n] /ˈdʌstˌmæn, -mən/
noun, plural dustmen
[duhst-men, -muh n] /ˈdʌstˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA).
a person employed to remove or cart away garbage, refuse, ashes, etc.; garbage collector.
Origin of dustman
First recorded in 1700-10; dust + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • How can I be like a dustman that rings for a Christmas-box at your hall-door?

    The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Beauchamp glanced at his note-book for the name of this man, who was a ragman and dustman.

  • And I pointed to a dustman's cart that had just hove into view.

    Explorers of the Dawn Mazo de la Roche
  • Therefore you can have an indication of the dustman in Mr. Inspector's place.

  • Note, that the dustman's face should be droll, and not horrible.

  • A hat similar to that of a dustman or coalheaver, which is called a fantail.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • When he saw the rider, he thought: "No, that can't be Shep after all; that's the dustman."

  • Of course not if he wants to be a dustman, but anything that's all right.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • And jest then—I'm blessed if the dustman didn't come round the back of the 'ouse.

  • I'd give the dustman five shillings, to carry you off in the dust cart.'

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for dustman


noun (pl) -men
(Brit) a man whose job is to collect domestic refuse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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