What does "refuse emergency" mean? Doesn't "refuse" supposed to mean denying something?
"Refuse" does mean to deny something! However, "refuse" is also another word for trash or rubbish. Since the man works for a rubbish collecting company, he called it a "refuse emergency" to get Paddington where he needed to go. Ex: Did you put the refuse outside? Ex: The company had a lot of refuse leftover this month. I wonder what they did with it. Ex: Sometimes they dump refuse into the ocean!
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