rust bucket


Definition of rust bucket

: an old and dilapidated ship

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Imagine trying to sell that rust bucket to recruits. Joseph Goodman,, "New stadium cements survival of UAB football," 29 Mar. 2018 James is now like the captain of an old rust bucket, which is taking on water and listing because the best remaining member of the crew, Kevin Love, broke his hand in the Detroit debacle Tuesday night. Bill Livingston,, "Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron, Kyrie and the blood transfer -- Bill Livingston," 31 Jan. 2018 Even by North Korean standards, the Jie Shun was a veritable rust bucket. Author: Joby Warrick, Alaska Dispatch News, "A North Korean ship was seized off Egypt with a huge cache of weapons destined for a surprising buyer," 2 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of rust bucket

1944, in the meaning defined above

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