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a manual device or small electric appliance for opening cans.
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Origin of can opener
First recorded in 1865–70
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How to use can opener in a sentence
But duralumin, probably, a very light, strong alloy; and what I have here is a hunting knife with a can-opener on one end!Astounding Stories, July, 1931|Various
"Sure, you can have a can-opener for your emblem," said Dorry Benton.Pee-Wee Harris Adrift|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
There are a few little gifts,—a pocketknife and a kitchen set of knife, fork, and can-opener for Olson.Wilderness, A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska|Rockwell Kent
He then said that he would swim home for his tools, as he had forgotten the can-opener.
But what's the use of wishing for luxuries, when we haven't even a can-opener—Dinky-Dunk says he's used a hatchet for over a year!The Prairie Wife|Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for can opener
another name for tin-opener
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