tin can

noun

Definition of tin can

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

Examples of tin can in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Florida woman allegedly slapped 11-year-old boy, called him N-word over go-kart crash," 26 Aug. 2020 One, a Japanese Black Pine, had been grown in a tin can by a Japanese American named Juzaburo Furuzawa while he was incarcerated in a Utah internment camp during WWII. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Two Stolen Bonsai Trees ‘Mysteriously’ Returned to Washington State Museum," 12 Feb. 2020 Find a list of materials to prepare ahead of time (think egg crates, tin cans and other around-the-house flotsam) on the website or Facebook page. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Best Places for Your Kids to Learn Real Life Skills Online," 4 May 2020 That same day Boy Scouts in Wauwatosa collected tin cans from parks and ditches; local businesses paid them one penny apiece. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Born in Wisconsin 50 years ago, Earth Day launched a transformative era. Could coronavirus renew appreciation of science, the environment?," 19 Apr. 2020 As the family makes their way through a deadly silent landscape, Evelyn accidentally sets off a trip wire, rattling a bunch of tin cans as an alarm. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Start the new year right with terrifying trailer for A Quiet Place: Part II," 1 Jan. 2020 Bongo: More musical than a tin can or the back of a frying pan, McFadden says a drumhead will deliver rhythm but not melody. oregonlive, "Find easy-to-learn musical instruments and classes online to bring harmony to stay-home time," 13 Apr. 2020 Little evidence of its inside furnishings remain, save for some broken timber bed frames and an empty tin can, AOC Archaeology added. Fox News, "Secret WWII bunker that belonged to 'Churchill's secret army' discovered," 12 Mar. 2020 After the ceremony, the bride, groom, maid-of-honor and best man loaded into a car with tin cans tied to the back. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "He asked her out to make another girl jealous. Now they've been married for 50 years and own a winery together.," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of tin can

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tin can.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tin%20can. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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