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[weyst-bas-kit, -bah-skit] /ˈweɪstˌbæs kɪt, -ˌbɑ skɪt/
a standing basket for wastepaper, small items of trash, etc.
Also called wastepaper basket.
Origin of wastebasket
First recorded in 1855-60; waste + basket Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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
  • And he pitched the papers at the wastepaper basket under the sideboard.

    The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

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

wastepaper basket

(mainly Brit) another word for wastebasket


an open receptacle for paper and other dry litter Also called (esp in Britain) wastepaper basket
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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