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tin can

can2 (def 1).
U.S. Navy Slang. a destroyer.
Origin of tin can
1760-70, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Yet here he was locked up in their tin-can of a jail, as good as a dead duck.

  • They've got the bottle-neck holder, the tin-can lantern, and all the rest.

    Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • tin-can sealers are made to handle the regular Number 2, or pint cans, and the Number 3, or quart cans.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • Tommie and Jennie were too shy to answer, but Mary exclaimed, "'Tis in a tin-can ye see it shinin' here!"

    King Coal Upton Sinclair
  • Lose the house or parade the family skeletons all diked out in pink sashes and tin-can labels.

    Wanted: A Husband Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Most of us must live from the box and the bottle and the tin-can; we are even feeding our cattle from the factory and the bag.

    The Holy Earth L. H. Bailey
  • A hat or tin-can is placed on the ground between a player's feet, whose name is "It."

  • Rosie was playing on the floor with Delia and the puppy that she had rescued from the tin-can persecution.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
British Dictionary definitions for tin-can

tin can

a metal food container, esp when empty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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