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can opener

  1. 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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Historical Examples of can-opener

  • "You look like you was cut out with a can-opener," he sneered.

    The Duke Of Chimney Butte

    G. W. Ogden

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


    Laura E. Richards

  • She picked up the can-opener and jabbed it viciously into the tin.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for can-opener


  1. another name for tin-opener
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