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[duhst-man, -muh n]
noun, plural dust·men [duhst-men, -muh n] /ˈdʌstˌmɛn, -mən/. British.
  1. a person employed to remove or cart away garbage, refuse, ashes, etc.; garbage collector.
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Origin of dustman

First recorded in 1700–10; dust + man1
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Examples from the Web for dustman

Historical Examples

  • How can I be like a dustman that rings for a Christmas-box at your hall-door?

    The Christmas Books

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Beauchamp glanced at his note-book for the name of this man, who was a ragman and dustman.

  • And I pointed to a dustman's cart that had just hove into view.

    Explorers of the Dawn

    Mazo de la Roche

  • Therefore you can have an indication of the dustman in Mr. Inspector's place.

  • Note, that the dustman's face should be droll, and not horrible.

British Dictionary definitions for dustman


noun plural -men
  1. British a man whose job is to collect domestic refuse
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