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noun Chiefly British.
  1. an ashcan; garbage can.
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Origin of dustbin

First recorded in 1840–50; dust + bin
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  • And dont you ever want to pitch all the ledgers into the dustbin and burn the stools?


    Elizabeth Baker

  • He digs for rats in the dustbin sometimes, and gets very dirty.

  • Offer him a dustbin full of stuff; he calls it refuse—passes by on the other side.

    Tono Bungay

    H. G. Wells

  • That dustbin was the outward and visible sign of the decadence of Sapp.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan

  • Very shortly I shall carry your head to the dustbin in a saucer.

British Dictionary definitions for dustbin


  1. a large, usually cylindrical container for rubbish, esp one used by a householdUS and Canadian names: garbage can, trash can
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Word Origin and History for dustbin


1848, from dust (n.) + bin.

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