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adjective Informal.
  1. marked by purposefulness and efficiency: a can-do executive.
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  1. the quality of being efficient and enthusiastic.
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Origin of can-do

First recorded in 1900–05
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  • A tug, the Gando, immediately re-named the Can-do, brought out our lighters of coal.

    The Bonadventure

    Edmund Blunden

British Dictionary definitions for can-do


  1. confident and resourceful in the face of challengesa can-do attitude
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Word Origin and History for can-do


by 1952, from expression can do "it is possible," literally "(I or we) can do (it)," 1903, perhaps based on earlier no can do (see no).

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