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[weyst-pey-per] /ˈweɪstˌpeɪ pər/
paper thrown away as useless.
Origin of wastepaper
First recorded in 1575-85; waste + paper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He was hardly aware of the wastepaper basket thrust over his head.

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  • Peggy, armed with the wastepaper basket and the skin, followed open-mouthed.

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  • O'Rane sat staring at the fire until Loring threw a wastepaper basket at him.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • It is about the only place in the room he could hide in, except of course the wastepaper basket.

    Prisoners Mary Cholmondeley
  • The flush remained on his face, his cigarette had gone out, and he threw the stump savagely into the wastepaper basket.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And he pitched the papers at the wastepaper basket under the sideboard.

    The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
  • I was looking respectfully at that tomb of fame, his wastepaper basket.

    The Champagne Standard Mrs. John Lane
  • Why not believe her when she said she did not throw the burning punk into the wastepaper basket?

    The Girls of Central High Gertrude W. Morrison
  • Fire and the wastepaper man are the common lot of poets, but this "Swan of Thames" has come to his end by rain and hobnails.

British Dictionary definitions for wastepaper


paper discarded after use
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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