tin can

noun

Definition of tin can

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

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Can Challenge Take tin cans of food around the house and rip off all the labels. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Fun Challenges to Play With Your Friends," 27 Nov. 2018 The next station uses a huge rotating magnet to pull out any ferrous metals, which range from tin cans (which have very little tin) to car parts. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 There have been sterling silver protractors, and tin cans, and even a greenhouse, as well as bone china to-go coffee cups in Tiffany blue. Reed Krakoff, Town & Country, "Tiffany & Co. Wants to Change the Rules of How to Wear a Diamond," 27 Nov. 2018 As opposed to palookas and has-beens and tin cans and stumblebums, a player who got waived departed with his dignity intact. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "My Best Hoop Dream: Get Waived and Keep the Money," 2 Nov. 2018 At Rumpke's $32 million Material Recovery Facility in St. Bernard, recyclables taken from your curb are separated into paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, tin cans, aluminum cans and glass. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "What you can and can't recycle, according to the experts at Rumpke," 12 June 2018 The agent then spoke their words directly to me in London, the string tying together our trans-Atlantic tin cans. Lauren Fitzpatrick, BostonGlobe.com, "Before video chat, calling my deaf parents meant talking through a stranger," 18 May 2018 Without that step, cell phone technology would still involve tin cans and pieces of string. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Laser-powered cell phone transmitters could be in your future," 9 May 2018 On the second part of the episode, the remaining nine contestants had to cook with food that came from tin cans without labels. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "Clarendon Hills contestant makes 'MasterChef Junior' history," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tin can

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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