dust [= rubbish?]

  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    'Dust' on its own can't mean rubbish, but it does in the compounds 'dustpan', 'dustbin', 'dustman', and 'dustcart' (which are mostly BrE).
     

    longxianchen

    Senior Member
    chinese
    Oh. But when we are doing thorough cleaning, it is dust or rubbish? For example, how to fill the bracket : " sweep the( )i​nto the dustpan", dust or ruggish?
     
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    entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Well, that depends on what you're sweeping: dust (in the narrow sense - just tiny stuff where you can't really see what's in it), or mud or dog hairs or a broken plate. A dustpan is for dust or anything else you can sweep into it.
     
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