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.

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One employee was seen cleaning equipment with a steel wool scrubber that had been stored on a cart in a dustpan with a pool of dirty water. Kristine Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Egg farm responsible for salmonella outbreak had 'unacceptable rodent activity,' FDA report says," 16 May 2018 Any stragglers that do escape can be removed with a dustpan and brush, or the crevice tool on your vacuum; avoid using the standard cleaning head, as dry pine needles tend to get stuck inside. House Beautiful Uk, House Beautiful, "Your Most Annoying Holiday Problem Solved," 23 Dec. 2013 And Gentner brings the low art of bending with dustpan and brush to new visual heights, thanks to a gleaming brass finish. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "The Most Beautiful Brooms for Your Inner Witch," 9 Oct. 2017 Even Arkansas and Tennessee require more than brooms, dustpans and a few new light bulbs to return to respectability. Andrew Astleford, ajc, "Dreaming of Chip Kelly? If your team can’t be fixed fast, forget it," 4 Oct. 2017 If the bugs have already found their way indoors, use a dustpan to sweep them up and into the toilet instead of squishing. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "It's Officially Stink Bug Season: Here's How to Get Rid of Them," 27 Sep. 2017 Any stragglers that do escape can be removed with a dustpan and brush, or the crevice tool on your vacuum House Beautiful Uk, House Beautiful, "Your Most Annoying Holiday Problem Solved," 23 Dec. 2013 With dustpan in hand, my new heroine, mom of our favorite kid on the block, swept the not-happy mouse into a bag and escorted it outside. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Sainted & Tainted: We couldn’t have asked for better care on 3F …," 4 Feb. 2017 A few years later, during the addition of a major new wing to the house, my father added a second secret cellar here, replacing the bricks with a faux-brick door; the keyhole was concealed behind a dustpan hanging from a peg. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, "Behind the Cellar Door," 23 Jan. 2017

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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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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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