a short-handled shovellike utensil into which dust is swept for removal.

Origin of dustpan

First recorded in 1775–85; dust + pan1
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Examples from the Web for dustpan

Contemporary Examples of dustpan

  • One day he and some of his roommates were cleaning their room and one of the guys threw the dustpan out into the hall.

  • This left her boss, the commander in chief, to hand his nine-iron to the caddy and grimly ask for broom and dustpan.

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    Too Big to Succeed

    Christopher Buckley

    January 7, 2010

Historical Examples of dustpan

  • He carried the dustpan and broom away to their places, but he did not reenter the room.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • I don't have to have a dustpan ready, in case I should jolt him one.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • And I fell into the dustpan and never so much as wriggled a toe.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • "Sweep it up," ordered his mother, and Jerry had to get out the brush and dustpan.

    Jerry's Charge Account

    Hazel Hutchins Wilson

  • Slowly she left the room, carrying her broom and dustpan with her.

    The Easiest Way

    Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow

British Dictionary definitions for dustpan



a short-handled hooded shovel into which dust is swept from floors, etc
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