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can-do

[kan-doo] /ˈkænˈdu/
adjective, Informal.
1.
marked by purposefulness and efficiency:
a can-do executive.
noun
2.
the quality of being efficient and enthusiastic.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
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British Dictionary definitions for can do

can-do

adjective
1.
confident and resourceful in the face of challenges: a can-do attitude
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Word Origin and History for can do

can-do

adj.

by 1952, from expression can do "it is possible," literally "(I or we) can do (it)," 1903, perhaps based on earlier no can do (see no).

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Slang definitions & phrases for can do

can do

modifier

: The CIA was a can-do outfit/ So far it's been mostly a can-do spring for the 24-year-old righthander sentence I can do it; I'm the one you want •The noun phrase can do, ''good and willing worker,'' is attested from the 1830s: We asked them to design a whole new bridge in a week, and they said ''Can do'' (1900s+)

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no can do


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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