tin can


Definition of tin can

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

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Bubble gumballs, bubble machines, umbrellas and tin cans are featured in a circus and physical theater piece. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Fringe elements: What you should know for the 11-day performing arts fest," 29 July 2019 Their calculations suggested that cranking up the energy of the electric field on the surface of the tin can universe will cause space-time to curve more and more sharply around a corresponding point inside, eventually forming a naked singularity. Quanta Magazine, "Where Gravity Is Weak and Naked Singularities Are Verboten," 20 June 2017 Bubble gumballs, bubble machines, umbrellas and tin cans are featured in a circus and physical theater piece. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Fringe focus: Family Fringe is back, previews start Monday," 5 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of tin can

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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