Definition of tin can in English:

tin can


  • A can for preserving food.

    ‘we found a tin can and filled it with water’
    • ‘Besides a Frisbee, the novelties they offered her included plastic rings, a shoe, a bucket, and a tin can.’
    • ‘She grinned as she stuffed some leftover food left out into a tin can.’
    • ‘But we needed the dark of the night for his plan so we picked up an old tin can from a metal dumpster near the Purina Dog Chow Company and we killed some time playing one-on-one soccer with it beside the rail yards.’
    • ‘From the sales assistants who insist on putting a pen into my right hand every time I have to sign a credit card receipt, to the daily struggle that is opening a tin can, make no mistake - we live in a right-handed world.’
    • ‘Old Mr. Driscoll took up a newly-made tin can and began to polish it with a soft rag.’
    • ‘We placed a tin can containing water several meters from the feeder.’
    • ‘Soon coffee was prepared and served, just as it would be in any village home, except that the beans were crushed in a tin can with a crowbar.’
    • ‘My dad entertained Callum with an array of musical instruments: a guitar, piano, organ, harmonica, and a tin can.’
    • ‘Tulips, like daisies, look at home in any type of container: from the silliest tin can to the prettiest crystal vase.’
    • ‘Put a handful of hide glue granules in an old tin can and allow it to soak overnight in just enough cold water to cover it.’
    • ‘I'm in my car, thrown aside in the car park like an old tin can.’
    • ‘A tin can balancing on the edge of a basketball cage mirrors the plights of two pairs of individuals whose lives will only now cross paths.’
    • ‘Until recently, there's been the odd tin can or a bit of rubbish, but there's been nothing like this at all.’
    • ‘Of course, the football landscape has changed since Gray was kicking a tin can about the streets of Drumchapel, Glasgow, and dreaming of becoming the next Colin Stein.’
    • ‘Toby walked back to the kitchen, quickly scraped some dog food out of a tin can into Bucky's dish, and placed it on the floor.’
    • ‘Students who could mount cheap directional antennae on their roofs and point them at DP would be able to connect to the campus network from all over the city with little more than a tin can, a bit of antenna cable and a wireless card.’
    • ‘The monkey tossed the paper cup and the tin can into the organ grinder's hands and grabbed the organ.’
    • ‘Stoked with Winchester Power Points, it will place all eight chambers in one inch at 25 yards, or roll a tin can, or bag a rabbit if it's standing still.’
    • ‘There were times that I thought New York and Chicago radio broadcasters talked through a tin can to get a special audio effect to their broadcasts.’
    • ‘The only other thing you needed was a tin can filled with nuts and bolts, spray-painted black.’


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