- contraction of cannot.
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Word Origin and History for can't
1706, contraction of cannot.
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Idioms and Phrases with can't
In addition to the idioms beginning with can't
- can't abide
- can't but
- can't complain
- can't do anything with
- can't fight City Hall
- can't help
- can't hit the broad side of a barn
- can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
- can't make head or tail of
- can't punch one's way out of a paper bag
- can't see beyond the end of one's nose.
- can't seem to
- can't see the forest for the trees
- can't stand
- can't wait
- beggars can't be choosers
- if you can't beat them, join them
- you can't take it with you
- you can't win them all
Also see undercan.
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