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rust bucket

Any vehicle that is particularly old, unsophisticated, and dilapidated, especially a car; a clunker. Hyphenated when used as a modifier before a noun. When are you going to get rid of that old rust bucket and buy something you'll actually enjoy driving? I had my reservations climbing aboard the rust-bucket prop plane, but I have to say, it got us there with no issues whatsoever.
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rust bucket

n. a naval destroyer; any ship. (Military.) Why don’t I ever get assigned to a new ship? It’s always some crummy rust bucket!
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Minor rust is quite treatable and to be fair most later Minis were bought by people who were fans of them so complete rust buckets are still somewhat rare.
It may be just me but I do not recall seeing quite so many BMWs, Range Rovers, Jaguars etc on the roads - and virtually no rust buckets.
Among the favored pastimes of the Chav are spitting in public, trashy car modification of clapped out rust buckets, teenage pregnancy, and fake designer clothes (particularly track suits and Burberry), then Jordan (the country) does not yet fulfill all the required criteria for being a bona fide Chavdom.However, Amman is certainly going the way of the Chav, with numerous Chavvy symptoms proudly on display and whole heartedly being embraced.
A plan to tow more than a dozen rust buckets of ships, each an environmental hazard in its own right, through Irish waters to a scrapyard in north-east England defies belief.
That's why the seas are full of rust buckets too rickety to be considered useful for scrap.
New rules and stricter enforcement of existing safety standards will make it harder for what he calls the "dogs" of the petroleum trade -- rust buckets like the Kirki- to enter U.S.
Thankfully Bernie Fineman and Mario Pacione are on hand to give rust buckets a new lease of life, and in this ongoing series they scour scrapyards, wasteland and backyards to find bargain wrecks with great potential.
These cars tend to be dirty rust buckets which shouldn't even be on the road."
As reported in the Echo, they raced 160 other rust buckets as they negotiated their way through France, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, through Russia, Kazakhstan, and Russia again before hitting Mongolia.
The ship is just one of 71 decommissioned cargo and military support vessels in the Government's 'Ghost Fleet', aging rust buckets, all docked together in the middle of the James River.
I mean, how long will it be before people realise that Skodas are no longer rust buckets on wheels?
'Although there are a lot of cars to choose from on Alderney, most are rust buckets - we don't have the MoT here.
The idea to replace rust buckets with economical Vauxhalls is worthy - if you can afford a new car.
There have been a couple of eras when Jaguar lost the plot and plagued the market with some truly gross cars that were rust buckets and cost their owners a small fortune in depreciation...
Minis of later years haven't been the rust buckets of old, when folding back the carpet could give you a clear view of the road below.