- can2(def 1).
- U.S. Navy Slang. a destroyer.
Origin of tin can
An Americanism dating back to 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for tin can
They've got the bottle-neck holder, the tin-can lantern, and all the rest.Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Tommie and Jennie were too shy to answer, but Mary exclaimed, "'Tis in a tin-can ye see it shinin' here!"King Coal
Tin-can sealers are made to handle the regular Number 2, or pint cans, and the Number 3, or quart cans.Every Step in Canning
Grace Viall Gray
Most of us must live from the box and the bottle and the tin-can; we are even feeding our cattle from the factory and the bag.The Holy Earth
L. H. Bailey
A hat or tin-can is placed on the ground between a player's feet, whose name is "It."
- a metal food container, esp when empty