- 1chiefly North American Discarded matter; refuse.More example sentences
- Rinse containers well before discarding in the trash.
- The sharp needle tips are collected inside the container and the remainder of the syringe barrel can be safely discarded in the trash.
- Bacteria and fungi primarily break down the organic matter in the trash.
- 1.1Cultural items, ideas, or objects of poor quality: if they read at all, they read trashMore example sentences
- I don't subscribe to the view that readers in this market equate broadsheet with quality and tabloid with trash.
- I'm also talking rip-offs, exploitation movies, mindless sequels, trash masquerading as quality.
- In fact the idea of trash tabloids is just the opposite.
- 1.2North American A person or people regarded as being of very low social standing: she would have been considered trashMore example sentences
- If she lived in a small American town, we'd consider her trash.
- When Eddy showed up at Sir Christopher's Cassandra had immediately sized her up as no good foreign trash and taken to making her education the worst possible.
- Yet Shaft keeps on operating, pulling questionable legal tricks and using deceit and deception to fool the gangland trash of the streets.
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- 1 • informal , chiefly North American Damage or wreck: my apartment’s been totally trashedMore example sentences
- For a few minutes scores of protesters, wearing trademark black clothes and gas masks, trashed a branch of the Credito Italiano bank.
- A note stuck into my seat told the story: some delivery truck had backed into it, knocking it over, trashing my trunk case, and most of the left side paint and turn signals.
- Those who push to strip away the traditional protections of privacy may be trashing a prerequisite of personal freedom.
- 1.1Discard: they trashed the tapes and sent her back into the studioMore example sentences
- Americans trash 2 million tons of old computers and other forms of electronic waste annually.
- At this moment, you are quite self-centered; you think of love as something you can get and trash anytime you want.
- Unfortunately for McBride, he had upgraded the A room once already, but Cronin's new design necessitated trashing most of that work.
- 1.2 Computing Kill (a file or process) or wipe (a disk): she almost trashed the e-mail windowMore example sentences
- None of those solutions trashes the email completely, but by setting it all aside, I can scan them all pretty quickly and spot any false positives.
- That ignores the fact that most people won't opt-out, but will simply trash the email.
- Now (after a couple months training it) anything Mail thinks is junk can be safely trashed automatically.
- 1.3 • informal , chiefly North American Criticize severely: trade associations trashed the legislation as deficientMore example sentences
- What if a critic trashes something that is really close to you?
- Critics frequently trash hip hop because commercialism dominates the genre.
- The critics trashed it, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music canceled it in mid-run.
- 1.4 (as adjective trashed) Intoxicated with alcohol or drugs: there was pot, there was booze, but nobody really got trashedMore example sentences
- So that's why I slept surprisingly well for a guy whose body was trashed with alcohol.
- Bands got trashed there, rock stars hung out - even Keanu Reeves was spotted there.
- Whose partner got trashed in the VIP area of Fabric nightclub and stripped off on the dance floor?
late Middle English: of unknown origin. The verb is first recorded (mid 18th century) in sense 2 of the verb; the other senses have arisen in the 20th century.