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wastebasket

[ weyst-bas-kit, -bah-skit ]
/ ˈweɪstˌbæs kɪt, -ˌbɑ skɪt /
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noun
a standing basket for wastepaper, small items of trash, etc.
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Also called wastepaper basket.

Origin of wastebasket

First recorded in 1855–60; waste + basket
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British Dictionary definitions for wastebasket

wastebasket
/ (ˈweɪstˌbɑːskɪt) /

noun
an open receptacle for paper and other dry litterAlso called (esp in Britain): wastepaper basket
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