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can opener

a manual device or small electric appliance for opening cans.
Origin of can opener
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • "You look like you was cut out with a can-opener," he sneered.

  • I use a can-opener now, but that will only do for small boxes.

    Peggy Laura E. Richards
  • She picked up the can-opener and jabbed it viciously into the tin.

    Much Ado About Peter Jean Webster
  • Pete repressed a start and worked steadily with the can-opener.

    Good References E. J. Rath
  • He carries his own can-opener in the form of his powerful teeth.

  • What the great American person wants is cheese that has to be opened with a can-opener.

    Perkins of Portland Ellis Parker Butler
  • As Harold sawed at the top of a can of beans with the can-opener.

    First Man Clyde Brown
  • "I am very sorry, Mrs. Rand, but your can-opener is—is—lost," said Dee.

  • "Sure, you can have a can-opener for your emblem," said Dorry Benton.

    Pee-Wee Harris Adrift

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • A million dollars in jools in a chest y' could open with a can-opener.

    The Voice in the Fog

    Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for can-opener


another name for tin-opener
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for can-opener



Any tool used to open a safe (1910+ Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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