dust·​bin | \ ˈdəs(t)-ˌbin How to pronounce dustbin (audio) \

Definition of dustbin

1 British : a can for trash or garbage

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Why would Apple abandon a perfectly good dustbin for a cheese grater instead? Sean Hollister, The Verge, "Apple is back to cheese graters because it’s hard to upgrade a trash can," 5 June 2019 Rodeo belongs in the dustbin of history, along with Ringling Bros. Circus, SeaWorld’s banned orca shows, and greyhound racing (outlawed in Florida in a 2018 ballot initiative). Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Rodeo needs to go the way of orca shows and dog racing," 17 July 2019 The bigoted words of the current President will thankfully soon be swept into the dustbin of history. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Rhetoric and Reality of Donald Trump’s Racism," 31 July 2019 No doubt the biggest beneficiaries of this stalemate are the companies that make the nuclear dustbins. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle," 28 June 2019 But the truth is, the Electoral College exists to preserve inequality and all Americans will benefit once it’s finally consigned to the dustbin of history. Ian Silverii, The Denver Post, "Silverii: Ditch the Electoral College and the inequality it perpetuates," 14 June 2019 Points-per-reception, or PPR, fantasy football formats should have been consigned to the dustbin of history earlier this decade. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Fantasy Football Players Who are More Valuable in PPR Leagues," 12 July 2018 The unlikely friendship between McGuinness and Paisley was a metaphor for the new Ireland, where the animosities of the past were consigned to the dustbin of history. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "Irish hopes may be stopped at the border," 8 Apr. 2018 Originally manufactured in the former East Germany, the platzkart wagons would be the latest Soviet institution to be swept into the dustbin of history by the pressures of globalization and a market economy. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "Putin’s Quest for Growth Spells Doom for Russia’s Iconic Railcars," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of dustbin

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dustbin was in 1848

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English Language Learners Definition of dustbin

British : a can for trash or garbage : a garbage can or trash can

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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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