the can

Definition of the can

US, informal
1 :the part of the body that one sits on :buttocks
  • If you ask me, what he needs is a good kick in the can.
2 :a room with a toilet :bathroom
  • He locked himself in the can and wouldn't come out.
3 :toilet
  • sitting on the can
4 :a prison or jail
  • The cops threw him in the can.

Word by Word Definitions

can play
  1. : know, understand

  2. : to be able to do, make, or accomplish

  3. : to have knowledge or skill

  1. : a usually cylindrical receptacle:

  2. : a vessel for holding liquids

  3. : a usually metal typically cylindrical receptacle usually with an open top, often with a removable cover, and sometimes with a spout or side handles (as for holding liquid or trash)

  1. : to put in a can : preserve by sealing in airtight cans or jars

  2. : to hit (a golf shot) into the cup

  3. : to hit (a shot) in basketball


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