Definitions

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  • n. An old, neglected vehicle, usually a car, a freighter, or a truck.

Etymologies

rust +‎ bucket (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My ailing rustbucket of a ship had been out of juice on the fringes.

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  • The scale of such smuggling was revealed last June when a rustbucket called the Golden Venture was beached off New York; 10 immigrants drowned as they tried to reach shore.

    Global Mafia

  • He cursed the crew of the ship up and down for “ruining his retirement” and kept going on and on about how he could be “laying in a hammock drinking rum” instead of being “trapped on this goddamn rustbucket.”

    Thunder and Ashes

  • Much wisecracking, little introspection, in other words, as an officer who has used his brains and not the rulebook to solve military situations gets sent to the arse end of nowhere to serve with a crew of misfits on an old rustbucket, wherein he is reunited with an old sidekick.

    Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror: Starship Mutiny - Mike Resnick

  • And to prove it, parked in the gravel driveway was the rustbucket, moldy green Ford LTD.

    GUARDIAN OF THE VEIL

  • I drive a fourteen-year-old rustbucket S-10, which I hope to trade in on a slightly used, non-rustbucket S-10 later on in the year.

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  • I reckon six hours after they were nicked they were in the hold of some East European rustbucket.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • He heard the rotten exhaust system on Kenny's rustbucket thunder to life again.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • "That's as may be, " Hynds said, -but Mr. Wallace's car is a K-reg Ford rustbucket.

    Resurrection Men

  • Firestokel The old rustbucket had made Chane believe that he was helping him, outfitting him for a journey, providing armed com - panions ... and had betrayed him.

    The Gates of Thorbardin

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