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  • n  a foul or degraded condition
  • n  a heap of dung or refuse

  • He wants to be acknowledged as the only cock on the dunghill.
  • Only his daughter Sylvelie, a flower-on-the-dunghill type, regarded him without loathing.
  • On a dunghill back of a farmhouse at Mareuil-en-D1e, the cousins held the famous conversation that sired the fabulous New York Daily News.
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  • On the Trails: Middens
    Middens. This interesting and useful word comes ultimately from an old Scandinavian term for a dunghill. The sense has been broadened to include heaps of all kinds of refuse and junk.
    April 11, 2014 - Juneau Empire

  • James Joyce in Vancouver Sun (subscription)
    Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother's love is not,James Joyce said.
  • Max Hastings in BBC News
    Former Evening Standard editor Max Hastings writes: "We have the wretched spectacle of a BBC chairman resigning while Alastair Campbell crows from the summit of his dunghill."
  • Garry Wills in International Herald Tribune
    Trying to find a construct, 'the historical Jesus,' is not like finding diamonds in a dunghill, but like finding New York City at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean,Wills says. "It is a mixing of categories, or rather of wholly different...

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