dust·bin | \ˈdəs(t)-ˌbin \

Definition of dustbin 

1 British : a can for trash or garbage

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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 Galvanized dustbins are ideal, look surprisingly elegant, and can be picked up cheaply from hardware stores. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "8 Fruit Trees You Can Grow Right On Your Balcony," 4 Apr. 2017 The board took no action, and judging by directors’ comments, the proposal is headed for the dustbin. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Manchester Residents Rail Against Proposed Curfew," 10 July 2018 Kudos all the same to Brown for rescuing this play from the dustbin. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Love and death in Spring Green: 'The Recruiting Officer,' 'Exit the King'," 3 July 2018 Those days have receded into the dustbin of NBA history, replaced by enduring images of Curry making clutch three-pointers and dancing in triumph. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Stephen Curry’s season review: Tested by injuries, Zen-like at the end," 13 June 2018 Those days have receded into the dustbin of NBA history, replaced by enduring images of Curry making clutch three-pointers and dancing in triumph. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "A dynasty secured," 13 June 2018 Goose Island soon afterward phased out Baderbrau, and the brand was seemingly left for the city's historical dustbin. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Baderbrau Brewing for sale, no longer making beer, as craft beer industry tightens," 8 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

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

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evasion of direct action or statement

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