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Synonyms and Antonyms of can

  1. 1 a metal container in the shape of a cylinder <the shelter stores huge cans of water for an emergency> Synonyms barrel, canister (also cannister), drum, tin Related Words bucket, pail; cannikin; tin can

  2. 2 a place of confinement for persons held in lawful custody <the protesters were rounded up and thrown in the can> Synonyms bastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, jail, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]Related Words bull pen, cage, cell, hole, tank; block, ward; glasshouse [British], guardhouse, hulk(s); concentration camp, gulag, labor camp, prison camp, stalag, work camp; dungeon, keep, oubliette; reformatory, reform school, training schoolNear Antonyms outside

  3. 3 a room furnished with a fixture for flushing body waste <excuse me, I need to use the can> Synonyms bath, bathroom, bog [British], toilet, cloakroom [British], comfort station, convenience [chiefly British], head, john, latrine, lavatory, loo [chiefly British], potty, restroom, washroom, water closetRelated Words commode, pan [British], pot; garderobe, jakes, outhouse, privy; half bath, powder room; ladies [chiefly British], ladies' room, men's room

  4. 4 the part of the body upon which someone sits <she claims a guy on the subway gave her a pinch on the can> Synonyms backside, behind, booty (also bootie) [slang], bottom, breech, bum, buns, butt, caboose, buttocks, cheeks, derriere (or derrière), duff, fanny, fundament, hams, haunches, heinie [slang], hunkers, keister (also keester) [slang], nates, posterior, rear, rear end, rump, seat, tail, tail end, tush [slang]Related Words beam, stern; moon [slang]



Synonyms and Antonyms of can

  1. 1 slang  to bring (as an action or operation) to an immediate end <can the chatter, or I'm kicking you out of this library> Synonyms break, break off, break up, stop [slang], cease, cut off, cut out, desist (from), discontinue, drop, end, give over, halt, knock off, lay off, leave off, pack (up or in), quit, shut offRelated Words complete, conclude, finish; close (down); deactivate; block, blockade, dam, delay, detain, hinder, hold, hold back, impede, kibosh, obstruct, stem; call, suspend; arrest, brake, check, clamp down, rein (in), squash, squelch, stamp, stanch (or staunch), stunt, suppress, turn back; pause, stay, suspend; abolish, abort, annul, demolish, destroy, dissolve, kill, ruin, scuttle, snuffNear Antonyms carry on, continue, follow through (with), keep up, run on; advance, proceed, progress; actuate, drive, impel, propel, stir

  2. 2 to let go from office, service, or employment <the cashier was summarily canned for stealing from the registers> Synonyms ax (or axe), bounce, dismiss, cashier, discharge, fire, muster out, pink-slip, release, remove, retire, sack, terminate, turn offRelated Words downsize, excess, furlough, lay off, trim; boot (out), chuck (out), drum (out), kick out, throw out, unseat; separateNear Antonyms keep; reemploy, rehire; contract, subcontract; recruitAntonyms employ, engage, hire, retain, sign (up or on), take on

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