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  • n. Someone whose job it is to collect refuse from people's homes and take it to be processed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One whose employment is to remove dirt and refuse; a garbage man.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One whose employment is the removal of dust, rubbish, or garbage.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone employed to collect and dispose of refuse

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Examples

  • 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.

    Pygmalion - review

  • 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.

    The famous Fiennes

  • • 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".

    Letters: Radical alternatives to raising VAT

  • 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.

    Hancox: All under one roof

  • 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).

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • 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.

    Michael Jackson's Irish hideaway

  • When I was a dustman it didn't put me off my sandwiches.

    Monty Don: 'I often eat cakes while my fingers are caked in soil'

  • 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.

    Shall we sing a song for you?

  • 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.

    Fizzzz Pop!

  • 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).

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  • Oi! Lonnie Donnegan innit. 'Avin a right-good knees-up rahnd the Joanner.

    January 15, 2009


  • Now here's a little story
    To tell it is a must
    About an unsung hero
    That moves away your dust
    Some people make a fortune
    Other's earn a mint
    My old man don't earn much
    In fact....he's flippin'.....skint

    Oh, my old man's a dustman
    He wears a dustman's hat
    He wears cor blimey trousers
    And he lives in a council flat
    He looks a proper narner
    In his great big hob nailed boots
    He's got such a job to pull em up
    That he calls them daisy roots

    Some folks give tips at Christmas
    And some of them forget
    So when he picks their bins up
    He spills some on the steps
    Now one old man got nasty
    And to the council wrote
    Next time my old man went 'round there
    He punched him up the throat

    Oh, my old man's a dustman
    He wears a dustman's hat
    He wears cor blimey trousers
    And he lives in a council flat

    I say, I say Duncan
    I 'er...I found a police dog in my dustbin
    (How do you know he's a police dog)
    He had a policeman with him

    Though my old man's a dustman
    He's got a heart of gold
    He got married recently
    Though he's 86 years old
    We said 'Ear! Hang on Dad
    you're getting past your prime'
    He said 'Well when you get to my age'
    'It helps to pass the time'

    Oh, my old man's a dustman
    He wears a dustman's hat
    He wears cor blimey trousers
    And he lives in a council flat

    I say, I say, I say
    My dustbins full of lillies
    (Well throw 'em away then)
    I can't Lilly's wearing them

    Now one day while in a hurry
    He missed a lady's bin
    He hadn't gone but a few yards
    When she chased after him
    'What game do you think you're playing'
    She cried right from the heart
    'You've missed me...am I too late'
    'No... jump up on the cart'

    Oh, my old man's a dustman
    He wears a dustman's hat
    He wears cor blimey trousers
    And he lives in a council flat

    I say, I say, I say (What you again)
    My dustbin's absolutely full with toadstools
    (How do you know it's full)
    'Cos there's not much room inside

    He found a tiger's head one day
    Nailed to a piece of wood
    The tiger looked quite miserable
    But I suppose it should
    Just then from out a window
    A voice began to wail
    He said (Oi! Where's me tiger head)
    Four foot from it's tail

    Oh, my old man's a dustman
    He wears a dustman's hat
    He wears cor blimey trousers
    And he lives in a council flat
    Next time you see a dustman
    Looking all pale and sad
    Don't kick him in the dustbin
    It might be my old dad

    January 15, 2009

  • In the UK, a garbage collector or binman.

    January 15, 2009