Definition of dustpan in English:

dustpan

noun

  • A flat handheld receptacle into which dust and waste can be swept from the floor.

    ‘a dustpan and brush’
    • ‘I got on the train, and it lingered long enough for me to watch two of the sweepy-uppy guys with the dustpans and brushes on long handles to sweep round him.’
    • ‘Then he got a dustpan and brush, and swept the whole mess up.’
    • ‘After 10 minutes of pointed bashing about with a dustpan and brush, the nice guy next door came in.’
    • ‘This year, without making a conscious decision, I've been sweeping ants carefully into dustpans and removing them to the back yard.’
    • ‘They have no support workers to collect the rubbish that they gather; instead they carry their full dustpans across the busy streets to empty them in the nearest dustbins.’
    • ‘The mats are paired with two black plastic dustpans in search of a referent.’
    • ‘Residents of the hall closet - feather dusters, fly swatters and dustpans - all wait their turn to perform.’
    • ‘I gave up counting the number of times I got up in the morning with dustpan and brush to sweep the broken glass from the passenger seat.’
    • ‘The concrete steps didn't look too bad when I started, but by the time I was done, my dustpan held a dust bunny that was truly frightening.’
    • ‘Young men sweep piles of discarded petals, stems and leaves into gigantic metal dustpans, while others move stacks of boxes back and forth on wide trolleys.’
    • ‘The room still smelled faintly of the pizza that had been served that afternoon during lunch, and two janitors walked around with their brooms and dustpans sweeping up wrappers and discarded pieces of food from the floors.’
    • ‘Morgan sweeps the last piece of china into the dustpan and heads towards the kitchen.’
    • ‘Now, with the dustpan and brush in her hands and a furious, cold-eyed expression on her face, my mother explained that she was about to punish me again.’
    • ‘We called in at a discount store on the way home but we weren't really in the mood for shopping and nothing there appealed to us except a dustpan and brush for sweeping up all those cat hairs.’
    • ‘Nothing kills the festive spirit as much as someone whisking under your feet with a dustpan and brush, folding up wrapping paper and tutting about all the pine needles.’
    • ‘We had to sweep it up into a dustpan and then wash the floor down.’
    • ‘She slid open the doors of her kitchen and walked into it once more grabbing the dustpan and brush once more.’
    • ‘I grabbed my dustpan and broom, swept him in, and deposited him in the trash.’
    • ‘He grimaced as he noted the shattered glass by the mantelpiece, and moved to the kitchen to find a dustpan and brush.’
    • ‘‘It isn't funny,’ I hissed, then walked into the broom cupboard to find a dustpan and brush.’

Pronunciation

dustpan

/ˈdʌs(t)pan/