trash can


: a container that holds materials that have been thrown away

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Or the stench of the garbage sticks around, even after the trash can has been emptied. Lindsey M. Roberts, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2023 The Fullerton Police Department announced the arrest of Venissa Maldonado in connection with the discovery of the baby on Thursday in a bathroom trash can at the gas station. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 10 Mar. 2023 Ramos was convicted in 2016 of second-degree murder in the killing two years earlier of a woman whose body was found dumped in a municipal trash can. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, 9 Mar. 2023 There are a couple of puppies that were found in a trash can in Lviv. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2023 In fact, no known architect will mourn the loss of this ten-story trash can. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2023 Times are hard on Sesame Street, so hard that Oscar the Grouch has had to leave his trash can to get a job—at United Airlines. Chris Morris, Fortune, 3 Mar. 2023 Martinez’s legs appeared to be broken; one had already swollen to the size of a small trash can. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2023 Police also say a bathroom attendant was dealing drugs and selling bottles of Hennessy after hours from a stash hidden under the garbage bag in the women's restroom trash can. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Feb. 2023 See More

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“Trash can.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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