One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large flat-sided metal container for storing or transporting liquids, typically petrol or water.
tin, canisterView synonyms
- ‘With bottled water in short supply, many residents turned to the next best thing: large plastic jerrycans, which they planned to fill with tap water.’
- ‘The cargo was contained in hundreds of plastic jerrycans, ten of which had spilled, contaminating a considerable area of Djibouti port.’
- ‘Others are returning from wells dug by humanitarian non-governmental organizations with plastic jerrycans filled with water.’
- ‘A jerrycan of water with a capacity of 18 litres weighs 20 kilos.’
- ‘The vehicle was loaded with four-and-a-half-gallon jerrycans which had to be transported from different fuel points at the rear.’
- ‘Children and adults, including elderly men and women, filled jerricans and other containers with water.’
- ‘The dog was being walked by his two owners when he came across a jerrycan of flammable liquid that was wired to several sticks of dynamite.’
- ‘In media criticism terms, this is twenty M80s, half a jerrican of gas, ten packs of sparklers and a six-pack of Pop Rocks - all waiting for a spark.’
- ‘If you've never fetched water, known how heavy the jerrycans can be, how each drop is precious, you can't really enjoy a bubble-bath.’
- ‘The shipping containers with their remaining plastic jerricans are still leaking and have been put in a specially constructed isolation area within the port.’
- ‘In one instance while inching their way along a wall with a ‘jerrican ‘of water, the person carrying the can leaned on a wall that wasn't there and fell right through.’
- ‘Extra fuel tanks may need to be fitted together with spare jerricans.’
- ‘En route to a hotel, we handed out sparkling new cooking pots and jerrycans to bemused beggars.’
- ‘When he completed the program and came back here the parents gave him a jerrycan full of petrol.’
Second World War: from Jerry + can, because such containers were first used in Germany.
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