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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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  • He carried the dustpan and broom away to their places, but he did not reenter the room.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • I don't have to have a dustpan ready, in case I should jolt him one.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • And I fell into the dustpan and never so much as wriggled a toe.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug

    Arthur Scott Bailey
  • "Sweep it up," ordered his mother, and Jerry had to get out the brush and dustpan.

    Jerry's Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • Slowly she left the room, carrying her broom and dustpan with her.

    The Easiest Way

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

  • The sight of that dustpan filled me with hopes that were doomed to disappointment.

    Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels Mrs. Charles Bryce
  • 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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