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Waste-paper basket   /weɪst-pˈeɪpər bˈæskət/   Listen
Waste-paper basket

noun
1.
A container with an open top; for discarded paper and other rubbish.  Synonyms: circular file, waste basket, wastebasket, wastepaper basket.






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"Waste-paper basket" Quotes from Famous Books



... were fixed upon her aunt's face, while that good lady bustled about the room, folding the newspaper into an accurate square, and putting it away in a brass-bound cage; collecting scattered envelopes and putting them in the waste-paper basket, moving the flower-vases on the chimney-piece, so that they should stand at mathematically the same distance from the central clock. At every movement she waited to hear the expected, "Can I help ...
— Flaming June • Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

... on some of her pictures sent to outlying exhibitions. Dick stooped and kissed the paint-smudged thumb on the open page. "Oh, my love, my love," he muttered, "do you value these things? Chuck 'em into the waste-paper basket!" ...
— The Works of Rudyard Kipling One Volume Edition • Rudyard Kipling

... the big purple blot; then picking up the sheet of blotting-paper he tore it to pieces with his nervous, finely-formed fingers, and dropped it into the waste-paper basket. When he looked up, he saw that Uncle Jap's mild blue eyes ...
— Bunch Grass - A Chronicle of Life on a Cattle Ranch • Horace Annesley Vachell

... my time," Peter Ruff reminded her, mildly, "by giving you down communications destined for the waste-paper basket." ...
— Peter Ruff and the Double Four • E. Phillips Oppenheim

... machine flopped to the right and swooped down; it then flopped to the left, the tail of the machine flew up, and the apparatus fell, not so swiftly as one might expect, down a thousand feet into The Wood. When I saw the wreckage, a few days afterwards, it looked like the spilt contents of a waste-paper basket, and the aviators, a pilot and an observer, had had to be collected from all over the landscape. The French buried ...
— A Volunteer Poilu • Henry Sheahan

... the wrinkled suit waited awkwardly until the letter was finished, twirling in his hands a white, broad-rimmed hat with pinched-in crown. He was chewing tobacco. He wondered whether it would be "etiquette" to squirt the juice into a waste-paper basket standing ...
— The Big-Town Round-Up • William MacLeod Raine

... reply, either from his home or his regiment. Possibly the commandant knew why; he used to look at Jim with an evil triumph in his eye which made the boy long to take him by his fat throat and ask him whether indeed his letters ever got farther than the office waste-paper basket. ...
— Captain Jim • Mary Grant Bruce

... this little formula, in addition to making for prompt delivery, I thought, gave one a sense of actual relationship with the editor. Save for the trifling fact that the manuscript would, probably, in due course be returned, or even consigned to the waste-paper basket, my method seemed to put me on the footing of one who had written a commissioned article. The dramatic value of the formula was greatly enhanced where one happened to know the editor's name, and could say in a tone of urgent intimacy: 'You might let Mr. —— have this directly he comes in,' ...
— The Record of Nicholas Freydon - An Autobiography • A. J. (Alec John) Dawson



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