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[duhst-pan] /ˈdʌstˌpæn/
a short-handled shovellike utensil into which dust is swept for removal.
Origin of dustpan
First recorded in 1775-85; dust + pan1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As no one had anything to offer in explanation, Peggy went to find the dustpan and was absent for some minutes.

    Peggy Raymond's Vacation Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
  • "Sweep it up," ordered his mother, and Jerry had to get out the brush and dustpan.

    Jerry's Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • Three innocent craft smashed up because the housemaid left the dustpan on the stairs.

    Once Aboard The Lugger Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
  • I don't have to have a dustpan ready, in case I should jolt him one.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • The broom and dustpan sweep up the pieces, and consign them to the dustbin.

  • Hodder took the dustpan from her hand, and flung its contents into the fireplace.

  • She carried the dustpan away into a closet, and came back, to gather up her tins.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • So they swept it into the dustpan and settled down to the scrubbing of the floor.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
British Dictionary definitions for dustpan


a short-handled hooded shovel into which dust is swept from floors, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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