Ashcan



a large metal barrel, , or similar receptacle for , garbage, or refuse.
Slang. a depth charge.
Movies. an arc light of 1000 watts, enclosed in a reflector.
Historical Examples

It is to be published on sugar-cured oilskin, the edition to be limited to two numbered copies—one for me and one for the ashcan.
Bizarre Lawton Mackall

Paul thought it time to beat a silent retreat in the direction of the ashcan he had selected as his cover.
The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour George A. Warren

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