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๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ Wastebasket emoji

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What does ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ Wastebasket emoji mean?

The Wastebasket emoji ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ displays a wire-mesh wastebasket. It is commonly used to represent literal and figurative trash and garbage. The emoji is also sometimes used to convey various negative feelings, such as worthlessness or failure (e.g., feeling like trash).

The Wastebasket emoji ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ is occasionally used to refer to basketball (and combined with the Basketball emoji ๐Ÿ€) due the emojiโ€™s resemblance to the net of a basketball hoop as well sharing the word basket. The Wastebasket emoji ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ is also combined with theย Fireย emoji ๐Ÿ”ฅ to represent the slang expression dumpster fire.

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๐Ÿ€ Basketball emoji, ball is life, basketball head, March Madness, ๐Ÿ”ฅ Fire emoji

Where does ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ Wastebasket emoji come from?

The Wastebasket emoji ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ was approved under Unicode 7.0 in 2014. On most major platforms, the emoji resembles a silver or grey wire-mesh wastebasket. Depending on the platform, the wastebasket may be stylized or depicted realistically. The Apple and Twitter versions of the emoji depict the wastebasket as seen from the side. On all other major platforms, the wastebasket is viewed from an angle that shows the opening at the top.

The Wastebasket emoji ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ is often used to refer to actual trash or junk. It is also very common to use the emoji alongside metaphorical uses of โ€œtrashโ€ or โ€œgarbageโ€ as in feeling like trash or treating someone like trash. To this end, the emoji is combined with theย Fireย emoji ๐Ÿ”ฅ as a pictorial representation of dumpster fire, a slang expression meaning “a situation, person, or thing that is disastrous and out of control.” In 2016, the American Dialect Society votedย dumpster fire as its Word of the Year, noting the prominent use of the emoji sequence ๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ”ฅ on social media to represent the phrase that year.

On Twitter especially, the Wastebasket emoji ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ is often used to refer to basketball, often alongside the Basketball emoji ๐Ÿ€. This is likely due to the fact the emoji highly resembles a basketball net when used on the platform as well as as the fact that they share the wordย basket.

Examples of ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ Wastebasket emoji

Brexit is 199 hours away. We need to #BinIt ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ
@BestForBritain, March 21, 2019
This year has been absolute ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ.
@EvillDewer, May 28, 2020

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Who uses ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ Wastebasket emoji?

The Wastebasket emoji ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ is often used to refer to actual and metaphorical trash.

The Wastebasket emoji ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ is also used to refer to basketball, especially on Twitter.

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