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  • A wastebasket, trash bin, or (especially when metal) trash can is a container used to hold waste.

    Be Careful[1]! The word wastebasket is used especially to talk about containers that are mainly for waste paper and that are kept inside a building. The expressions trash bin and trash can are used especially to talk about containers that are used to hold food and other kitchen waste or are kept outside.

    Be Careful[2]! We do NOT use the expression “dustbox” (ダストボックス) to mean wastebasket, trash bin, or trash can.
  • wastebaskettrash bin 、または(特に金属製のものをさす場合)trash can は、どれもゴミを入れる容器のことです。

    注意[1]:wastebasket は、特に紙くずを入れるために、建物の中にあるくずかごをさします。trash bintrash can は、特に生ゴミなど台所で出るゴミを入れるゴミ箱、または屋外に設置されたゴミ箱をさします。

    注意[2]:日本語で使われるダストボックス(dust box)という単語は、英語では、ゴミを入れるもの(wastebasket、trash binやtrash can)という意味では使いません。


  1. a: What should I do with this junk mail?
    b: You can just throw it in the wastebasket.
  2. Please don't put food in the wastebasket; it'll smell up the office.
  3. There are three large trash bins in front of the convenience store. One is for burnable trash, another is for non-burnable trash, and the third is for things that can be recycled.
  4. (a father to his son)
    After you empty the trash can in the kitchen, don't forget to put in a new trash bag.
  5. (with a friend in a park)
    a: Do you see a trash can anywhere?
    b: No, I don't think there are any. I think you're supposed to take trash with you when you leave.

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