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rubbish

noun [U] uk   /ˈrʌb.ɪʃ/ us  
B1 UK ( US garbage, trash) waste material or things that are no longer wanted or needed: I forgot to put the rubbish out this morning. Put the empty box in the rubbish bin. Take the old furniture to the rubbish dump.B2 informal something that you think is very low quality or not true: The film was rubbish. His ideas are a load of (old) rubbish.
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verb [T] uk   /ˈrʌb.ɪʃ/ UK informal us  
to criticize something: Why does everyone rubbish my ideas?

rubbish

adjective uk   /ˈrʌb.ɪʃ/ UK informal us  
completely without skill at a particular activity: I'm rubbish at arithmetic.
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