13 November 2013

EU calls Spanish claims on new Erasmus funding 'rubbish'



[mass noun] chiefly British
  • waste material; refuse or litter:householders may be charged for the removal of non-recyclable rubbish
  •  material that is considered unimportant or valueless:she had to sift through the rubbish in every drawer
  •  absurd, nonsensical, or worthless talk or ideas:critics said their work was a load of rubbish[as exclamation]:some MPs yelled ‘Rubbish!’


[with object] British informal
  • criticize severely and reject as worthless:he rubbished the idea of a European Community-wide carbon tax


British informal
  • very bad; worthless or useless:people might say I was a rubbish managershe was rubbish at maths


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French rubbous; perhaps related to Old French robe 'spoils'; compare withrubble. The change in the ending was due to association with -ish1. The verb (1950s) was originally Australian and New Zealand slang

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