One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North American A ring or tab that is pulled to open a can.
- ‘This mom's set of keys can never be mistaken, since no one has a key chain sculpted from genuine soda-can pull tabs.’
- ‘Some medications are available in commercially prepared vials with a pull tab for removing the metal rim.’
- ‘Smith Dairy also recently upgraded its closures, opting for a new large pull tab on the foil seal beneath the cap, to allow for easier opening.’
- ‘As he tore off the pull tab, brown foam gushed out over his hand and down the front of his work togs.’
- ‘Under the plastic top was a foil freshness cover with a handy pull tab.’
2US A gambling card with a tab that can be pulled back to reveal a row or rows of symbols, with prizes for matching symbols.
- ‘Strategies used for increasing the chances of winning and abuses associated with pull tab gambling were described.’
- ‘If you don't win, drink a little more and spend all of your money on pull tab gambling. You gotta love Indiana.’
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