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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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 To rework the lyrics of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity,’ the head on a brewski poured from a tin can far above the world would float in a most peculiar way. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Country roads, take us home," 20 Apr. 2018 Tie two long strips of sturdy cloth like apron ties to a large tin can or small bucket. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Vibrant Raspberries," 23 May 2017 There are very few great chilis served in or near Chicago, even though if a corner shack pours it from a tin can into a warmer, the joint will declare that their chili is Chicago’s award-winning best ever. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Review: Texican does both Texas and Mexico proud," 7 May 2017 At an agricultural-research facility near the Portuguese border, scientists use EU funds for clever schemes that exploit local crops, such as a biodegradable lacquer for tin cans created from tomato skins. The Economist, "The EU’s budget is being dragged into the 21st century," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of tin can

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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