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- n. a container with an open top; for discarded paper and other rubbish
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As soon as the door was closed behind him, Arthur went to the waste-paper basket and took out the little pink silk handkerchief.
Later on, in the days of her descendants, it was kept filled with growing flowers and was a beautiful object, but my aunt merely used it as a sort of waste-paper basket for any scraps she picked up in the park.
And now, when he opened the door, there was the candle burnt out in the socket; there was the chair in the same place where Adam remembered sitting; there was the waste-paper basket full of scraps, and deep down in it, Arthur felt in an instant, there was the little pink silk handkerchief.