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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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 But the national security legal dispute gave justices an opportunity to finally toss it into the dustbin. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Court Upholds Travel Ban, but Slams Infamous Case on Japanese Internment Camps," 26 June 2018 Gridlock in Washington often relegates proposals like this to the political dustbin. Joel Klein, WSJ, "The IRS Can Save American Health Care," 1 July 2018 Western planners went to retrieve their Cold War-era playbooks from the dustbin. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "How U.S. troops could get stuck in a traffic jam on their way to fend off war with Russia," 24 June 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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