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Topic: HOUSEHOLD

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Anglo-French

garbage

noun
     
gar‧bage S3 [uncountable]
1 especially American EnglishDH waste material, such as paper, empty containers, and food thrown away [= rubbish British English]
Can you take out the garbage when you go?
2 stupid words, ideas etc [= rubbish British English]
You're talking garbage.
3TD

garbage in, garbage out

used to say that if the data (=information) you put into a computer is bad, the results you get back will be bad, even if the computer program you use works properly
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