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ashcan

[ ash-kan ]
/ ˈæʃˌkæn /
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noun

a large metal barrel, can, or similar receptacle for ashes, garbage, or refuse.
Slang. a depth charge.
Movies. an arc light of 1000 watts, enclosed in a reflector.

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Origin of ashcan

First recorded in 1895–1900; ash1 + can2
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  • It is to be published on sugar-cured oilskin, the edition to be limited to two numbered copies—one for me and one for the ashcan.

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  • Paul thought it time to beat a silent retreat in the direction of the ashcan he had selected as his cover.

British Dictionary definitions for ashcan

ash can

noun

a US word for dustbin Also called: garbage can, ash bin, trash can
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