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tin can

can2 (def 1).
U.S. Navy Slang. a destroyer.
Origin of tin can
1760-70, Americanism Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • As these plates have a higher melting point than tin, the layer of tin can then be melted off and poured into ingots.
  • Take hammer and nail and carefully punch a hole in the end of the tin can near the edge.
  • Normally, small amounts of tin can be found in the body because of the daily exposure to small amounts in the food.
  • tin can be taken into the body by eating food, drinking water, or breathing air.
  • To some it resembled a tin can floating on a shingle.
  • tin can lids must stay hooked to the can and be pushed down inside.
British Dictionary definitions for tin can

tin can

a metal food container, esp when empty
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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