Meaning of “dustbin” in the English Dictionary

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"dustbin" in British English

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dustbinnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdʌst.bɪn/ us /ˈdʌst.bɪn/ UK US garbage can, trash can

B1 a large container for rubbish from a house or other building, usually made of strong plastic or metal and kept outside

a situation in which something is no longer considered fashionable or important and is therefore not used, talked about, etc.:

Full-blown socialism is now tossed in the dustbin of history.
The hippy era - after so long in the cultural dustbin - has become a subject of much fascination.

More examples

  • A quarter of the contents of an average family's dustbin is organic matter.
  • I was woken up by a couple of drunks larking around with a dustbin in the street.

Examples from literature

  • 'Finally,' he says, and throws the bare stalk into the dustbin. 
  • Because some one locked the gate on me, sir, while I was hiding under the shed where the dustbins are. 
  • In our closet the school servant found some beads on the floor but since she did not know anything she threw them into the dustbin. 
  • The broom and dustpan sweep up the pieces, and consign them to the dustbin. 

(Definition of “dustbin” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)