Definition of dumper in US English:

dumper

noun

  • 1A person or thing that dumps something.

    • ‘The Government must bring in tougher fines and give waste control agencies powers to move quickly against rogue dumpers, the Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday.’
    • ‘Two enforcement officers have been appointed to lead a three-phase spring clean of ‘grot spots’ in the Mosses area, taking dumpers to court.’
    • ‘Many illegal dumpers are now being forced to pay for cleaning up the mess they have made.’
    • ‘The city even hired eight new bylaw enforcement officers last October to scour our parks, looking for bandit dumpers.’
    • ‘He said 24-hour waste wardens should be empowered to impose on the spot fines on ‘the handful’ of illegal dumpers, saying they cannot be allowed to ride roughshod over the natural environment.’
    • ‘Moreover, it is almost impossible to get dumpers fined, because the person must be caught in the act of dumping.’
    • ‘The minister has warned that dumpers and landowners face severe sanctions under the Waste Management Act 1996.’
    • ‘Patsy says many illegal dumpers and those who illegally burn their refuse at night or at the weekends mistakenly think environmental enforcement inspectors only work 9 to 5 days.’
    • ‘The resident also warned the dumpers that they have contacted the local litter warden and found one receipt in particular which could allow them to trace the origin of the rubbish.’
    • ‘For instance, I imagine that almost every one of the women nominating old flames is the dumper rather than the dumpee.’
    • ‘But this well-heeled handyman has become a dedicated dumper.’
    • ‘Night-time surveillance on the streets of our towns and at the popular spots for the indiscriminate and mean dumpers would catch a few of them in the act - then they could be exposed and made pay through the nose for their behaviour.’
    • ‘I will uphold the opinion that being the dumper is always worse.’
    • ‘He said this had potential to attract illegal dumpers.’
    • ‘The WTO says that we are punishing the dumpers too severely by passing along those fines to the companies that are hurt in the first place.’
    • ‘Who would actually send out a press release announcing to the world that you were the dumper and not the dumpee?’
    • ‘However, court fines to date have done little to deter such activity for the 100 illegal dumpers who have come before the district courts in recent years, with the average minimum fine being around €1,000.’
    • ‘Police, the Environment Agency and district and county councils have vowed to adopt a ‘get tough’ attitude on the dumpers, dog foulers and litter droppers by signing a ‘statement of intent’.’
    • ‘But it is crass stupidity to throw away sheets of roofing materials containing deadly asbestos in an area where many motorists pass by and children play, as some of the Birkshall Lane dumpers have done.’
    • ‘‘We have arrested several people already, and we will be continuing in an attempt to stop dumpers,’ he said.’
    1. 1.1the dumperinformal Used in reference to a bad or unwanted state.
      ‘his career's in the dumper’
      • ‘But a number of recent happenings in my part of Bolton have brought home just how far into the dumper we have descended.’
      • ‘Have we slid so far into the dumper that a snowfall of not particularly desperate density causes a shutdown?’
      • ‘And about the eighth joke, we both knew this whole thing was going in the dumper, right?’
      • ‘Back in 1993, the once ubiquitous band had long been consigned to the dumper, with two original band members gone and no Top Ten hits in the past four years.’
      • ‘He recalled in all seriousness when the monologue once went down the dumper three nights straight he was ready to quit the business.’
      • ‘If nothing else, the renewed surge of equity markets around the globe as well as at home has put my bearish projections, which looked so sweet just three months ago, right in the dumper - temporarily at least.’
      • ‘Today, the question marks of celebrity are stinking up the primetime game show circuit, sending that genre into the dumper faster than department stores can send those monochromatic ties back to the warehouses.’
      • ‘All I can say is, there goes western civilization right in the dumper.’
      • ‘By buying it, we would somehow be in on the joke - and not only that, but we would be granting a formerly washed-up pop star an escape route from the dumper.’
      • ‘He, in turn, was kind enough to not abuse that gift of joy by effectively throwing his game in the dumper for the balance of the week.’
      • ‘If you bought it when it was in the dumper, you've had a great run.’
      • ‘As the Colorado agricultural economy went in the dumper, his business partner misled him in ways he won't discuss.’
      • ‘His editing job, however, is masterful, with dozens of full and partial conversations painting a dark societal picture bound to leave the most open of minds believing that western civilization really is careening down the dumper.’
      • ‘Any serious injuries, however, could send hopes for even the wild card in the dumper.’
      • ‘This odd little bunch of confusion was spat at the radio station, and really demonstrates that even when you've plunged down the dumper once, you don't recognise when it's happening again.’
      • ‘With the advertising biz in the dumper, the Media organ has gone from a weekly to a fortnightly schedule.’
      • ‘The program manager, unable to stand the hot breath of the bald eagle, has left the building, and morale is again in the dumper.’
      • ‘This franchise has been in the dumper for so long that I don't have the heart to bump them out just yet.’
      • ‘Hopefully, he will now finally be consigned to the international dumper.’
      • ‘A friend of the singer said: ‘She was thrilled because a year ago she was being written off and people were saying her career was heading for the dumper.’’
    2. 1.2British A dump truck.
      • ‘A type of dump truck that has not become popular yet in North America is a big brother of what Europeans call the site dumper.’
      • ‘There is the impoverished Lake District farmer who had an answer to the question of what farmers like him could do: ‘Commit suicide,’ he said, ‘or drive a dumper.’’
      • ‘Several alarmed residents reported the dumper heading from the Hull Road area through Tang Hall Lane and Fifth Avenue.’
      lorry, articulated lorry, heavy goods vehicle, juggernaut
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Pronunciation

dumper

/ˈdəmpər//ˈdəmpər/