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rubbish heap

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rubbish heap an accumulation of refuse and discarded matter
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Usage

In literature:

Most of our learned men, so-called, at the present day, stand upon heaps of mental rubbish.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
They were built of stone, but the walls have crumbled and become chiefly heaps of rubbish.
"Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology" by John D. Baldwin
From the kitchen window, he saw her in the back yard, poking idly through a heap of smouldering rubbish with an old broomstick.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
He had afterwards been found under a heap of rubbish with a slug of copper in his thigh.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
Scarcely a detached figure in stone, or a solitary tablet, has been dug out of the vast heaps of rubbish.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
To arrive at Guildford by train is like walking into a garden over a rubbish heap.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
The enchantment of distance had blotted out the rubbish heaps.
"The Fight for the Argonne" by William Benjamin West
The heaps of rubbish inside still glowed, and now and then little tongues of fire leapt up.
"A Chapter of Adventures" by G. A. Henty
Clean up all heaps of rubbish where flies may breed.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Heaps of mud, heaps of rubbish, but not, I think, heaps of exercise.
"Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate" by Charles Turley
The village had been knocked literally into a rubbish heap.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Bob had risen from the heap of dirty rubbish which served him for a bed.
"The Rambles of a Rat" by A. L. O. E.
Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?
"Men of the Bible" by Dwight Moody
At the abrupt end of a short row of houses it stopped where it should have turned suddenly, and became a rubbish-heap lying in a waste place.
"A Journal of Impressions in Belgium" by May Sinclair
After many days' quest, and many uncertainties, he found the spot where his house had stood; it was a heap of rubbish.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
Princess Hilda and Prince Harold sat down on a heap of rubbish that happened to be near them, and cried heartily.
"Yellow-Cap and Other Fairy-Stories For Children" by Julian Hawthorne
Ahmed ventured to mount on the heap of rubbish towards the small gap where the fountain had been.
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang
Upon returning to Surigao with his treasures, Roebelin found little beyond heaps of rubbish on the site.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
You would have imagined it was a heap of dirty rubbish in their way.
"A Frenchman in America" by Max O'Rell
Hungry women fought for the weeds and nettles which they found on the heaps of rubbish.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
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In poetry:

But when the parish dustman came,
His rubbish to withdraw,
He found more dust within the heap
Than he contracted for!
"Tim Turpin" by Thomas Hood
Victor walked out into the High Street,
He walked to the edge of town:
He came to the allotments and the rubbish heap
And his tears came tumbling down.
"Victor" by W H Auden
I see my life behind me: bad enough--
Drink, duels, madness, beggary, and pride,
The life of the unfit: yet ere I drop
On Nature's rubbish heap, I weigh it all,
And give you all a toast--
"The Wild Knight" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
I long to be a bolshevist
And set the stinking rubbish-heap of this foul world
Afire at a myriad scarlet points,
A bolshevist, a salvia-face
To lick the world with flame that licks it clean.
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence
Strange, that so many set their store
Not on the glorious golden ore,
But in the very worthless dross;
Their minds with heaps of rubbish filled,
Untrained—unexercised—unskilled
To sever mental gain from loss.
"Elevated Aims" by John Bowring

In news:

Residents of pretty Spanish city set fire to dozens of rubbish heaps to protest refuse strike.
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