tin can

noun
1.
can2 ( def 1 ).
2.
U.S. Navy Slang. a destroyer.

Origin:
1760–70, Americanism

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tin can
 
n
a metal food container, esp when empty

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Example sentences
Turn over a used tin can, such as a standard soup or vegetable can.
Please,let's not get carried away with the virtues of the computing tin can.
The wooden box top has a large round hole into which a sizable tin can of sugar
  water has been inserted.
We even had a rudimentary shower made from a large tin can with its bottom
  perforated by nail holes.
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