tin can


: a can made of tinplate
broadly : can sense 1a

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Spam first hit shelves in 1937 as a 12-ounce, 25-cent, convenient and long-lasting protein in a tin can during the lean years of the Great Depression. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 1 Oct. 2022 Crimo's father, Robert Crimo, told officers a collection of knives inside a bedroom stored in a tin can lunch box was his. Fox News, 7 July 2022 At the turn of the 20th century, automobile drivers would pull into a blacksmith shop, a hardware store or a pharmacy to purchase a tin can of gasoline. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 4 June 2022 Tabb, Zarinsky and Brickelmaier are no longer on the road, isolated in a tin can with a hot griddle. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 This is an upcycled craft that turns an old tin can into a drum. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 21 Apr. 2022 After the game, the man finds his Range Rover flattened like a tin can, round hoof prints visible in the metal. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Apr. 2022 That tin can on wheels tells us so much about Madden. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Dec. 2021 Lucy Cooper’s opened in 2018 near U.S. 281 and Thousand Oaks and found success with such unique menu items as clothesline bacon and tin can nachos, as well as a large variety of pizzas, burgers, shrimp boils and chicken wings. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tin can was in 1770

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“Tin can.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tin%20can. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

tin can


: a container for food made of metal (as tinplate or aluminum)

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