waste-paper basket

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Noun1.waste-paper basket - a container with an open topwaste-paper basket - a container with an open top; for discarded paper and other rubbish
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
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At last he had found a slight thing, which he put first in his pocket, and then, on a second thought, took out again and thrust deep down into a waste-paper basket. It was a woman's little, pink, silk neckerchief.
'What a full basket!' she says, looking at the waste-paper basket, which contains most of my work of the night and with a dear gesture she lifts up a torn page and kisses it.
That he tore up the mysterious letter in his bedroom, and (finding no means immediately at hand for burning it) that he threw the fragments into the empty grate, or into the waste-paper basket, seems to be the most reasonable conclusion that we can draw from what we know.
Francine laughed scornfully--crumpled the drawing up in her hand--and threw it into the waste-paper basket.
As Miss Barlow rattled away cheerfully, he crumpled up the copy and tossed it into the waste-paper basket; but not before he had, automatically and by force of habit, altered the word "God" to the word "circumstances."
Mr Ferguson kicked the waste-paper basket savagely.
"In the waste-paper basket. You recognise the handwriting?"
Yes, I have very little hesitation in saying that could we examine the waste-paper baskets of the hotels around Charing Cross until we found the remains of the mutilated Times leader we could lay our hands straight upon the person who sent this singular message.
If you think along these lines, you will realize that hatred is something that deserves to be thrown into the waste-paper basket." Highly recommended.
It began with a Frimley-born schoolboy practising his goalkicking at home by hoofing loo-rolls into a waste-paper basket from across the room, often while his parents sat in between trying to watch the television.
Christofias presumably threw the letter in his waste-paper basket.