wastebasket

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wastebasket a container with an open top; for discarded paper and other rubbish
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wastebasket A basket used in offices, libraries, etc., as a receptacle for waste paper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wastebasket A basket used to receive rejected papers, useless scraps of pa per, and other waste material.
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Usage

In literature:

The letter went to the wastebasket without being answered.
"The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue" by Various
However, Mr. Orville fussed around, even looking into the wastebasket, and turning up a corner of a large rug as if ferreting for evidence.
"The Gold Bag" by Carolyn Wells
Quickly, he fished the hypogun out of the wastebasket and dropped it into the little black bag which he had carried with him.
"Hail to the Chief" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Taking up the paper, she deliberately and slowly tore it into pieces and threw them into the wastebasket.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
They downed their drinks and turned, as one man, to hurl the glasses into the wastebasket.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Those are experiences which we always throw into the wastebasket again.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
Judith dropped it impulsively into her wastebasket, but experimented with the matches.
"The Wishing Moon" by Louise Elizabeth Dutton
When she departed briefly to superintend a minor matter out of the office, he found himself staring at the wastebasket by his tilt-chair.
"The Ambassador" by Samuel Kimball Merwin
On the first visit he found forty-three leaves of the manuscript in a wastebasket.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Nort fidgeted around the press, emptied the wastebasket, looked at his watch.
"Hempfield" by David Grayson
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In news:

From a carelessly tossed cigarette or match -- started in a wastebasket on the eighth floor and quickly chewed its way through the paper accouterments necessary for dressmaking.
Lame-duck legislative sessions pass bills that belong in a wastebasket and kill bills they should pass.
Wellborn Cabinet Access Base Wastebasket .
Wellborn Cabinet Access Base Wastebasket.
Lame- duck legislative sessions pass bills that belong in a wastebasket and kill bills they should pass.
You can cry, kick the wastebasket, or whatever it takes to relieve the stress.
Lame -duck legislative sessions pass bills that belong in a wastebasket and kill bills they should pass.
The time will come — and soon — when the once cutting-edge e-reader will hit the e-wastebasket, according to a technology-research firm.
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