from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One whose employment is the removal of dust, rubbish, or garbage.
- noun The genius of sleep in popular sayings and folklore: so named because the winking and eye-rubbing of a sleepy child are as if he had dust in his eyes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun One whose employment is to remove dirt and refuse; a garbage man.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun UK Someone whose job it is to collect
refusefrom people's homes and take it to be processed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun someone employed to collect and dispose of refuse
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Her mantra was whatever you wanted to do, whether you wanted to be a dustman or a zookeeper, that was absolutely brilliant as long as you did it to the best of your abilities.
And, although shunted into the part at short notice, Michael Feast catches Alfred Doolittle's transition from happily drunken dustman to respectable middle-class morality: like his daughter, in fact, he is both victim, and beneficiary, of Higgins's caprice.
• In 1989 Nicholas Ridley, the minister for the environment in the Conservative government, tried to defend the poll tax as "fair" on the grounds that "a duke would pay the same as a dustman".
Whilst working as a dustman in the late sixties Corona bottles and other 'returnables' were very much a part of our perks, sometimes producing up to £2 or £3 a week ... the age of the affluent society was already upon us when people couldn't be arsed to take them back.
Playing "My old man's a dustman" would probably not harm anyone, might even increase the enjoyment of the cup final, but that's ntot the point - there has to be a valid reason for playing it.
I remember Rowan falling on to a jagged baked bean can dropped by the dustman on the path, and rather envying him the drama of the dash to the hospital and the impressive bandage.
On the contrary, it seems there will be even further politicisation of HM's 'boys in blue' (or 'boys/girls in dustman flourescent/helmeted riot gear/Stasi social spies' with the front line essential responses devolved to inexperienced, under-trained and underpaid council workers).
The problem with the fluorry jacket is that is equipment not uniform and as such it is not designed to be worn all the time (unless you are a dustman).
He started out as a Dublin dustman and became one of the founding fathers of the resurgence of the Temple Bar district of the capital.
When I was a dustman it didn't put me off my sandwiches.