from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cart in which ashes and other refuse are carried.
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Then, in the first morning hours, he would rise and look out of his window at the awakening activities of the street -- at the street-cleaners, the ash-cart drivers, and the other dingy workers flitting hurriedly by through the sallow winter light.
That same evening an ill-tempered and very dirty ash-cart driver turned up at the stables with a different horse from the one he had driven out that morning, much to the mystification of himself and certain officials of the Department of Street Cleaning.
So they've put you in a blanked ash-cart, have they?
Here comes a pleasure party, as gay as any on the avenue, though the carry-all is an ash-cart.
_Gotham Gazette_ into the first ash-cart he passed after he was out of range of the porter's vision.