Don't litter around.


Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect

I wonder if it's idiomatic in AE to say "Don't litter around"? I said this to a young child who threw things on the street.

Thanks a lot
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    I don't know whether it's true of the rest of the country (expressions may vary), but where I live, to litter = to throw trash on the street (instead of putting it in one of the litter baskets the city provides at street corners). So we'd simply say, "Don't litter!"

    srta chicken

    Senior Member
    US English
    It's true out here in Los Angeles too.

    One could say "Don't litter!" or "Don't throw things on the ground!"

    "Don't go around littering!" might work if you saw someone litter on several occasions.
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