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Definition of Wastebasket


  1. A basket used in offices, libraries, etc., as a receptacle for waste paper.

Wastebasket Quotations

My general working style is to write everything first with pencil and paper, sitting beside a big wastebasket. Then I use Emacs to enter the text into my machine.
Donald Knuth

Someone once threw me a small, brown, hairy kiwi fruit, and I threw a wastebasket over it until it was dead.
Erma Bombeck

A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason.
Margaret Atwood

I found a discarded textbook on calculus in a wastebasket and read it from cover to cover.
John Pople

When I was in high school, I lettered in math. The only thing that was important was football. There were two other letters that were awarded each year. One was in math and one was in science. I got the math one. But you didn't put it on a letter sweater and wear it around because they'd be throwing you in a wastebasket upside down on your head.
David M. Kelley
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Wastebasket Translations

wastebasket in German is Papierkorb
wastebasket in Swedish is papperskorg
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