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jerry can

noun
1.
Also called blitz can. Military. a narrow, flat-sided, 5-gallon (19-liter) container for fluids, as fuel.
2.
British. a can with a capacity of 4½ imperial gallons (5.4 U.S. gallons or 20.4 liters).
Also, jerrycan, jerrican.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; apparently Jerry “German”; the British supposedly manufactured the can after a German prototype
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jerry can

noun
1.
a flat-sided can with a capacity of between 4.5 and 5 gallons used for storing or transporting liquids, esp motor fuel: originally a German design adopted by the British Army during World War II
Word Origin
C20: from Jerry
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