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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 of can-do
1900-1905
1900-05
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Examples from the web for can-do
  • Why is our can-do country, tied at inception to the pursuit of happiness, so reliably interested in visions of its own demise?

  • On the other end of the phone was my Grandma Rose, a can-do matriarch calling from her home on Avenue U, six blocks away.

  • I argued he should be moved over to a political adviser slot, where his considerable, can-do talents would better serve his boss.

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
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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