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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British Dictionary definitions for garbage can
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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