a container, usually of metal or plastic, for the disposal of waste matter, especially kitchen refuse.
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- garand rifle,
- garbage collection,
- garbage in, garbage out,
- garbage man,
- garbage truck,
Compare trash can.
Origin of garbage can
An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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US and Canadian a large, usually cylindrical container for refuse, esp one used by a householdAlso called: ash bin, ash can, trash can, (in Britain (and certain other countries)) dustbin
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