- 1chiefly North American Waste material; refuse: the subway entrance was blocked with trashMore 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
nonsense, drivel, pap, gibberish, balderdash, bunkum, humbug, rubbish, moonshine• informal bull, poppycock, gobbledegook, hot air, twaddle, rot, tommyrot, bunk, tripe, bilge, piffle, bosh, tosh, hooeyNorth American • vulgar slang crapolaAustralian/New Zealand • vulgar slang bulldust
- 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.
- 2North American A person or people regarded as being of very low social standing: clubs patronized by rock 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.
- 3 (also cane trash) West Indian The leaves, tops, and crushed stems of sugar cane, used as fuel.More example sentences
- Sugar cane farmers would be foolish to send their cane trash to the Broadwater sugar mill co-generation power plant.
- The plant will burn cane trash to produce electricity, meaning that up to 550 trucks - one a minute - will travel the 7km stretch of road daily during the cane season.
- Sugar mills can burn cane trash, or bagasse, to generate electricity, which can then be fed into the national electricity grid; and ethanol derived from molasses is a cleaner fuel than petrol.
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- 1 • informal , chiefly North American Damage or destroy: 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.
- 1.1 Computing Kill (a file or process) or wipe (a disk): she almost trashed the email 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.
- 2 • informal , chiefly North American Criticize severely: trade associations trashed the legislation as deficientMore example sentences
criticize, lambaste, censure, attack, insult, abuse, give a bad press to, condemn, flay, savage• informal pan, knock, take to pieces, take/pull apart, crucify, hammer, slam, bash, roast, maul, throw brickbats atbad-mouth, pummel
- 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.
- 3 (as adjective trashed) • informal Intoxicated with alcohol or drugs: 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 4 of the verb; the other senses have arisen in the 20th century.