dust·​pan | \ ˈdəs(t)-ˌpan How to pronounce dustpan (audio) \

Definition of dustpan

: a shovel-shaped pan for sweepings

Examples of dustpan in a Sentence

Here's a broom and dustpan. Go sweep the kitchen.
Recent Examples on the Web Besides mops and spin-buckets, wipers, dustpans, and brooms too have witnessed massive demand on Paytm Mall, according to Srinivas Mothey, senior vice-president of the e-commerce company. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Urban India has found the perfect symbol for its lockdown purgatory: a mop," 14 May 2020 Gently brush the heap into a dustpan using short, brisk strokes. New York Times, "The Clean Queen Talks Quarantine," 27 Apr. 2020 Dirt was swept to a corner of a room because Theo couldn’t find a dustpan. al, "How a school’s 1st black history celebration empowered Jefferson County students," 1 Mar. 2020 Products include license plates, highway signage, mattresses, pillows, dustpans, textiles and eyeglasses. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "Cuomo’s Fix for Sanitizer Shortage: 100,000 Gallons Made by Prisoners," 10 Mar. 2020 On a recent afternoon, a man missing half his left leg used his right foot to propel his wheelchair around the space, wielding a little red broom and dustpan to tidy it up. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "SF says no thanks to free housing for homeless on vacant Tenderloin lot," 24 Jan. 2020 We’re all in the same mess together, and I am tremendously moved by the people who recognize that the only sensible solution is to break out the dustpan, for your own corner of the universe or someone else’s. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "The world is messy and hard to control. Take help, and give it, where you can.," 30 Dec. 2019 Cabinet members are like the guy in the parade who walks behind the elephant with a broom and dustpan. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: The unhinged presidency," 25 Aug. 2019 Bring Cleaning Tools Consider bringing along a broom and dustpan, or a Dustbuster, for the inside of the tent and picnic tabletops and surfaces. Dakota Kim, Sunset, "Wild Ain’t Dirty: 14 Tips for a Clean Campsite," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of dustpan

1783, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dustpan was in 1783

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24 May 2020

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“Dustpan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dustpan. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dustpan

: a flat pan that is open on one side and into which dirt from the floor is swept


dust·​pan | \ ˈdəst-ˌpan How to pronounce dustpan (audio) \

Kids Definition of dustpan

: a flat pan shaped like a shovel into which dirt from the floor is swept

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