Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A receptacle for ashes and other refuse.

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  • n. a bin that holds rubbish until it is collected

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The girls in that Bessborough Gardens house were often changed, but whether short or long, fair or dark, they were always untidy and particularly bedraggled, as if in a sordid version of the fairy tale the ash-bin cat had been changed into a maid.

    A Personal Record

  • My last hope, a promise of employment in a human-hair factory, failed, and, homeless and penniless, I joined the great army of tramps, wandering about the streets in the daytime with the one aim of somehow stilling the hunger that gnawed at my vitals, and fighting at night with vagrant curs or outcasts as miserable as myself for the protection of some sheltering ash-bin or doorway.

    I go to War at last, and sow the Seed of Future Campaigns

  • 'That was going on every day, and he used to be throwing his stirabout away into the ash-bin; and the servants found it, and they told the queen that he was throwing away what they gave him, and getting fat all the same.

    Poets and Dreamers Studies and translations from the Irish

  • Gardens house were often changed, but whether short or long, fair or dark, they were always untidy and particularly bedraggled, as if in a sordid version of the fairy tale the ash-bin cat had been changed into

    A Personal Record

  • Even out of the ash-bin the blossom of memory peeped forth, for Emily had sat whimpering there on the day when the window-curtain caught fire, and George arrived in the character of fire engine.

    Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

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