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  • #48 Sally: My S.O. has just told me that the word poubelle is an eponym.

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  • I often see the man in pantoufles hanging out of a village poubelle.


  • "We'll need garbage bags, a broom, a dust-pan, and a plumeau," Tess said, handing me dozens of dusty old books that had been pulled out of a poubelle and given to me by a neighbor.

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  • I bought my first MacBook, and I was one happy girl -- especially after I got through the totally doable yet hair-pulling frustration period of throwing my PC knowledge into the poubelle and installing the latest Apple OS into my non-tech brain.

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  • When the man signaled "Bonjour," I threw my paper plate in the trash, set the tray on the poubelle, * and walked up to the table, my posture straighter than before.

    échapper - French Word-A-Day

  • References: pire = worse; la poubelle (f) = garbage can; ay-shapay = pronunciation for échappé (belle) = to escape narrowly; l'Hexagone (m) = France

    échapper - French Word-A-Day

  • La il faut que je note les fromages mis a la poubelle parce qu'ils sont perimés et les promo sur les fromages bientot perimé.

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  • We were not afraid, being young, and ate heartily, and it no doubt went out stripped and blind to the kitchen-slavey and her poubelle.


  • The little municipal truck had a broom and poubelle* in the back -- enough equipment to compete with the plump pigeons for leftover scraps along the checkered floor of the square.

    cachot - French Word-A-Day

  • Remember the scene where the tortured writer is pounding away at the keyboard, stopping only to yank the cursed paper from the machine, crumple it up and toss it into the poubelle?

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  • It means rubbish bin.

    March 3, 2013

  • A surname which, thanks to M. Eugène-René Poubelle, now has the general meaning 'dustbin'. Of course, when I learnt the word back in school French class, I learnt only the general meaning, and now my mind will forever parse 'M. Poubelle' as 'Mr. Dustbin'.

    January 10, 2009

  • la poubelle est plus belle.

    March 10, 2007