noun (esp. AmE) ⇨ See also ↑bucket
empty, full
five-gallon, ten-gallon
metal, plastic
garbage (AmE)

She threw all the scraps into a garbage pail.

diaper (AmE)
lunch (= for carrying your lunch) (AmE)

She filled the pail with fresh water.

fetch, lug (informal)

Women in some villages had to trudge miles to fetch one pail of water.

be full of sth, hold sth
in a/the pail
pail of

pails of soapy water

a shovel and pail (AmE)

The children played on the beach with their shovels and pails.

mop and pail

a worker equipped with a mop and pail

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