Definition of dustman in US English:


nounPlural dustmen

  • A garbage collector.

    • ‘Teachers' contracts honoured but not teaching assistants; police but not police staff; civil servants but not dustmen; and social workers that work in hospitals but not those social workers who work for councils.’
    • ‘He was a pupil at the John of Gaunt School before taking on jobs as a milkman and dustman.’
    • ‘The former John of Gaunt School pupil grew up in Trowbridge and worked as a milkman, taxi driver and dustman.’
    • ‘You better get back to me or it will go out for the dustmen before the kids are old enough to select books without pictures or conversations and believe me, there aren't many conversations in this book.’
    • ‘But then the man, a science teacher at a in Denton, struck again and murdered a 71-year-old retired dustman he picked out at random when he went out for a midnight stroll near his home.’
    • ‘You should see the mess after the dustmen take the bins away from my house - they drop more rubbish than me and are they going to be fined too?’
    • ‘Doting dad Will, 22, a dustman, said: ‘It happened in the blink of an eye.’’
    • ‘Then, an educated elite was seen as just as important to the running of society as collecting rubbish from the street; and just as the graduate would pay tax for the dustman, so the dustman should cough up for the philosopher.’
    • ‘I'm sure the rest of the dustmen are fine; I hate the particular guy who insists on coming round to ‘prep’ our road at 5: 30 am every Thursday morning night!’
    • ‘This, the story about the dustman, reads like one of his monologues, with the added advantage of turning out to be a very creepy ghost story.’
    • ‘Personally, I have my doubts and I look forward to the day when operations start and the roads become awash with orphaned bins dumped anywhere because the dustmen won't have time to be tidy.’
    • ‘No, its like putting stuff into a normal bin, you then have to take that bin and put it in the wheely bin for dustmen to take away’
    • ‘Her argument went something like this: ‘If a dustman has a heart attack and I save his life isn't it right that he should have paid towards my training through his taxes?’’
    • ‘No longer will it be home to dustmen as they go about their noisy and messy toil, manhandling rubbish sacks in such a manner as to cause eighty percent of the contents to spill out into the gutter.’
    • ‘How can people come to work there as nurses, teachers, dustmen, waiters, shop assistants and the thousand other necessary trades when flats or houses cost ten years' wages?’
    • ‘Many state employees - teachers, doctors, dustman - have not been paid for up to five months.’
    • ‘If the teachers and dustmen of this country could see that certain multi-millionaires are paying less tax than they are, they'd be so angry that the government would surely be obliged to act.’
    • ‘It doesn't matter if you're a Duke or a dustman - you all have the same allocation.’
    • ‘Each week the whistling dustman came down the back garden, hoisted the full dustbin on his shoulder, carried it up the garden and tipped the contents into the dustcart.’
    • ‘Apparently the dustmen had taken his PC when they took the bins.’
    • ‘The dustmen would be by the next day, and that bit of evidence would get taken care of.’
    • ‘The following day a dustman found it on his rounds and passed it on to Oscar who rang the victim.’
    • ‘It can be compared to an overflowing rubbish-bin, which our brain, this amnesiac dustman, chronically forgets to empty.’
    • ‘One dustman, who didn't want to be named, said: ‘There were some lads in tears when they heard how much they could be losing, particularly those with mortgages to pay and families to look after.’’
    • ‘I'm referring, of course, to the dustmen's work to rule, which means that black bags of rubbish are being left on the streets for days before collection.’
    • ‘Because new health and safety regulations are being enforced, dustmen no longer empty wheelie bins where the lids can't be closed or pick up bin bags left by the side of bins.’
    • ‘I know the road sweepers and dustmen don't get it so someone is we're just not getting value for money.’
    • ‘As his debut album became a critical and commercial success, however, he began constructing a slightly affected public image as a kind of semi-professional singing dustman.’
    • ‘We'd never have known his poems at all had they not, in the early 19005, been rescued from the dustman's burn.’
    • ‘The new system, called alternate weekly collection, means rubbish will sit around for up to 14 days at a time before dustmen take it away.’
    • ‘It starts with his assumption that the dustmen of Fairford are lazy.’
    • ‘For example, in the recent week-long search for a former Selby dustman, they joined search teams across the county.’
    • ‘Originally the coalman used these rear entries and the dustmen without such problems but they were surely never intended to be used as part of the highways network.’