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rustbucket

[ruhst-buhk-it]
noun Slang.
  1. an old, run-down freighter, especially one whose hull is covered with rust.
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Origin of rustbucket

First recorded in 1940–45; rust + bucket
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British Dictionary definitions for rust bucket

rust bucket

noun
  1. slang something that is run-down or dilapidated, esp a very badly rusted car
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adjective rustbucket
  1. informal run-down or dilapidatedrustbucket factories
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