Ashcan

adjective Ash·can \ ˈash-ˌkan \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of Ashcan

: of or relating to a group of 20th century American painters who depicted city life realistically
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First Known Use of ashcan

1939


ash can

noun

Definition of ash can

1 : a metal receptacle for refuse
2 slang : depth charge

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First Known Use of ash can

1872


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