One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Stop talking; be quiet.‘“Can it!” I growled’
be quiet, keep quiet, stay quiet, be silent, keep silent, stay silent, hold one's tongue, keep one's lips sealedView synonyms
- ‘"Geez, Jack, can it, okay?"’
- ‘"Can it, Rambo," cut in Mosely-Braun.’
2Stop doing something.‘I told him to can it, ’cause he was getting to be annoying’
- ‘In response, The CEO told the ham radio guys to " can it ".’
- ‘I wish you had told them to can it, or at least walked away.’
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