tin can

noun

Definition of tin can

1 : a can made of tinplate broadly : can sense 1a
2 slang : destroyer sense 2

Examples of tin can in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sambour can almost hear and smell the memories — the rattling sound of a vendor shaking a tin can of clams to entice her, the waft of dry spices. AZCentral.com, 18 Aug. 2021 Their audio sounds like two people playing that tin can and string game at two ends of an Olympic-size swimming pool. Ashley Stahl, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Their savings total a few bills kept in a tin can, not enough to pay for a copy of Dot’s death certificate, much less her funeral. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 14 May 2021 Spacecraft walls are not much thicker than a tin can. Jim Clash, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2021 To put it bluntly, the Tesla Model 3 makes our family BMW feel like a tin can Chevy Chase station wagon. Jennifer Leigh Parker, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 Lead tackle is cheaper than most alternatives, although some options such as tin can be as cheap as lead if they can be found on a store shelf. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, 24 Feb. 2021 It was thrown around the clubhouse as frequently as a tin can of chewing tobacco. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2020 As Zager was being arrested on suspicion of child abuse, a body search unearthed a tin can of Altoids mints in her underwear, police said. NBC News, 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of tin can

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Aug 2021

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“Tin can.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tin%20can. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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