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  • n. A receptacle which serves as a place to discard waste materials.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bin that holds rubbish until it is collected


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  • Rudd was standing on a trash can watching the entire demonstration deserting him in a dash toward Morningside Park, which was two blocks off campus.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • On the way out of town I stopped at Chicka-mauga Park, scuffed around the trash can until I found the computer key, and pocketed it.

    The Empress File

  • He made it to a large trash can about ten feet away before commencing his ugly blargging sounds.

    Darkly Dreaming Dexter

  • She took three quick steps up, snatched up the steel-reinforced trash can that Jody had used on the window only days ago, and flung it underhanded with all her strength.

    You Suck

  • Gorowski dumps the whole newspaper in a trash can at the parking lot exit.


  • Aunt Lette swept the vine pile into the trash can and took the colander away, putting it back on the counter.

    Finding Dignity

  • The broom finished its work and fell to the floor, the dustpan landing beside it after emptying debris into the trash can one last time.


  • The rest, with their ripped wrappers or wrinkles or bends or smudges, were tossed into a trash can in later years, into a blue plastic bin labeled RECYCLING.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • Then she pointed at the trash can and grunted “Uh-uh.”

    The Madonnas of Echo Park

  • Men heckled and denounced the demonstrators and suggested that they should throw themselves in the freedom trash can and strangely yelled, "Go home and wash your bras!" — once again buying into the idea that nonconformists are dirty.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World


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