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wastepaper

[weyst-pey-per] /ˈweɪstˌpeɪ pər/
noun
1.
paper thrown away as useless.
Origin of wastepaper
1575-1585
First recorded in 1575-85; waste + paper
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  • He wrote pages and pages, and in the evening threw them into the wastepaper basket.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • I was looking respectfully at that tomb of fame, his wastepaper basket.

    The Champagne Standard

    Mrs. John Lane
  • He searched the wastepaper basket, and, picking an envelope therefrom, said “Ha!”

    If I May A. A. Milne
  • "Yeah," agreed the other, picking it up and throwing it into a wastepaper basket.

    All In The Mind Gene L. Henderson
  • Peggy, armed with the wastepaper basket and the skin, followed open-mouthed.

    More William

    Richmal Crompton
  • Telegrams followed, which he threw into the wastepaper basket.

    The Malefactor E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • It is about the only place in the room he could hide in, except of course the wastepaper basket.

    Prisoners Mary Cholmondeley
  • Before sixty copies had been sold the publisher became bankrupt and the stock went for wastepaper.

  • And he pitched the papers at the wastepaper basket under the sideboard.

    The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

    H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
British Dictionary definitions for wastepaper

wastepaper

/ˈweɪstˌpeɪpə/
noun
1.
paper discarded after use
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