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garbage can

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  1. a container, usually of metal or plastic, for the disposal of waste matter, especially kitchen refuse.
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Origin of garbage can

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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Related Words for garbage can

dustbin, ashcan

Examples from the Web for garbage can

Historical Examples of garbage can

  • The hunchback was sitting on a garbage-can, almost at the entrance.

    The Best Short Stories of 1917


  • I know what they smell like; I can describe it exactly: they smell like a garbage-can.

    The Ship Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine

British Dictionary definitions for garbage can

garbage can

  1. 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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