One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North American A person employed to cart away household trash and garbage.
- ‘During the past week, garbage piled up all over the city as it was not taken away by garbage collectors, who had not been given an alternative dumpsite location by the City Sanitation Agency.’
- ‘Role models walk in the shoes of soccer moms and garbage collectors, teachers and students, executives and kitchen help.’
- ‘If you don't believe me, try living in a city where the plumbers or garbage collectors have gone on strike.’
- ‘Why is he wearing a garbage collector's uniform?’
- ‘We must not use Mother Nature as our garbage collector for if we do we will eventually be consumed by our own refuse.’
- ‘The city doesn't have estimates on how many residents use recycling, but a budget briefing prepared by the city's engineering department shows garbage collectors are picking up 6,000 tonnes of trash every year.’
- ‘I gathered up stacks and stacks of jewel boxes (which weighed a ton) and left them on the curb for the garbage collectors.’
- ‘As much as 8,220 tonnes of garbage had been picked up by local garbage collectors on Chinese New Year's Eve, officials said.’
- ‘Plenty of inferior fighters gain their shots whereas he had to work as a garbage collector to pay the bills.’
- ‘The garbage collectors had been on strike for the past six months for a variety of grievances.’
- ‘I think I'd like to be a garbage collector when I grow up.’
- ‘The night before he was assassinated in 1968, he spoke to striking garbage collectors in Memphis, Tenn., promising justice.’
- ‘One individual can produce one kilogram of garbage everyday, which is a burden for garbage collectors and the environment.’
- ‘He wandered up and down through England, waiting tables, washing dishes, even working as a garbage collector, before, at the age of 27, finding his true vocation at art school in Devon.’
- ‘He is the longest-serving chief of staff in 46 years, yet he reminds people that he toiled many years at a McDonald's and spent one summer as a garbage collector.’
- ‘The way he saw it, you were either a garbage collector or a CEO.’
- ‘The son of a garbage collector and clerk, he used scholarships to help put himself through college, graduate and law school.’
- ‘That means extra gasoline costs for the city, lots of overtime for garbage collectors, and a small dose of nuisance for everyone.’
- ‘While there is certainly a limit to the size of container a garbage collector should be expected to lift, the more important parameter is obviously the weight of the can.’
- ‘Get rid of everything you're not emotionally attached to, and give it to Goodwill, a cousin or the garbage collector.’
A program that automatically removes unwanted data held temporarily in memory during processing.
- ‘Among other things, C# has a garbage collector.’
- ‘This runtime library includes the core runtime support, his well-regarded conservative garbage collector, the bytecode interpreter and a large library of classes.’
- ‘Java has a garbage collector to free memory consumed by objects which are no longer used.’
- ‘We will cover memory management and the garbage collector as well as the best methods for cleaning up unmanaged resources.’
- ‘The memory management supplied by the CLI is administered by a garbage collector.’
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