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1       n-uncount   Garbage is rubbish, especially waste from a kitchen.  
  (mainly AM)  
...a garbage bag., ...rotting piles of garbage.     
2       n-uncount   If someone says that an idea or opinion is garbage, they are emphasizing that they believe it is untrue or unimportant.  
INFORMAL, disapproval  

I personally think this is complete garbage..., Furious government officials branded her story `garbage'.     

garbage can        ( garbage cans    plural  ) A garbage can is a container that you put rubbish into.  
  (AM)      n-count  
A bomb planted in a garbage can exploded early today.     
in BRIT, use dustbin     
garbage collector        ( garbage collectors    plural  ) A garbage collector is a person whose job is to take people's garbage away.  
  (AM)      n-count  
in BRIT, use dustman     
garbage disposal        ( garbage disposals    plural  ) A garbage disposal or a garbage disposal unit is a small machine in the kitchen sink that breaks down waste matter so that it does not block the sink.  
  (AM)      n-count  
in BRIT, use waste disposal     
garbage man        ( garbage men    plural  ) A garbage man is the same as a garbage collector.  
  (AM)      n-count  
garbage truck        ( garbage trucks    plural  ) A garbage truck is a large truck which collects the garbage from outside people's houses.  
  (AM)      n-count  
in BRIT, use dustcart     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    bits and pieces, debris, detritus, junk, litter, odds and ends, rubbish, scraps  
2    dreck     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   dross, filth, muck, offal, refuse, rubbish, scourings, slops, sweepings, swill, trash     (chiefly U.S.)   wack     (U.S. slang)   waste  
3    balderdash, balls     (taboo slang)   bilge     (informal)   bosh     (informal)   bull     (slang)   bullshit     (taboo slang)   bunkum or buncombe     (chiefly U.S.)   claptrap     (informal)   cobblers     (Brit. taboo slang)   codswallop     (Brit. slang)   crap     (slang)   drivel, eyewash     (informal)   flapdoodle     (slang)   gibberish, guff     (slang)   havers     (Scot.)   hogwash, hokum     (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   horsefeathers     (U.S. slang)   hot air     (informal)   kak     (S. African slang)   moonshine, nonsense, pap, piffle     (informal)   poppycock     (informal)   rot, shit     (taboo slang)   stuff and nonsense, tommyrot, tosh     (informal)   trash, tripe     (informal)   twaddle  

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