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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. 2017.
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  • He was hardly aware of the wastepaper basket thrust over his head.

    More William Richmal Crompton
  • Peggy, armed with the wastepaper basket and the skin, followed open-mouthed.

    More William Richmal Crompton
  • 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
  • He wrote pages and pages, and in the evening threw them into the wastepaper basket.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
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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