rust bucket


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rust bucket

n
slang something that is run-down or dilapidated, esp a very badly rusted car
adj
informal run-down or dilapidated: rustbucket factories.
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Even after a particularly heavy drinking session, I haven't walked past a large rust bucket and hoped there was a half-eaten kebab in there.
GAME MAD MAX PS4, Xbox One, Windows Your rust bucket car speeds through a misty sandstorm while being chased by six spiked vehicles full of fanatical maniacs baying for blood.
Lemon after lemon rolled off our production lines, culminating in the ludicrous rust bucket called the Austin Allegro" - Boris Johnson (pictured), mayor of London.
is rust bucket is 50 years old, past its sell by date and ready for Wilkinson / Gillette depots.
They failed to invest their oil wealth in modernising their industry, and now have a rust bucket economy.
One man's rust bucket is another man's treasure couldn't be more true for car fanatic Richard.
The fiasco at San Onfre is being replayed at rust bucket reactors throughout the US.
Over in Yorkshire, muchloved biker cop 'Smithy', proves there's no end to his knowledge and talents when he checks over a dangerous rust bucket that he suspects is running on chip fat.
Plans to scuttle the wreck were shelved last year after a study revealed it had deteriorated into a rust bucket and must now be removed.
However, with the country's financial difficulties becoming more and more entrenched, and the economy continuing to sputter like Al Bundy's old rust bucket, the stigma of being broke is beginning to disappear.
THE volcanic ash cloud nearly turned Iron Man 2 into a rust bucket and the world premiere had to be hastily rearranged in Los Angeles, but you cannot keep a good superhero down.
I can't remember how much I paid but it was a rust bucket and they should have paid me.