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can of corn

[ kanuhv kawrn ]
/ ˈkæn əv ˈkɔrn /
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noun Baseball Slang.

a fly ball that is so easy to catch that the fielder need only stand under the falling ball and let it drop into their glove: That’s the third straight can of corn off a Yankee bat tonight, and the Toronto outfield is not complaining.

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Origin of can of corn

First recorded in 1930–35; origin uncertain; perhaps referring to a grocer using a long-handled grabber to tip canned goods down from a high shelf into his hand or apron
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