Origin of canned
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- preserved and stored in airtight cans or tinscanned meat
- informal prepared or recorded in advance; artificial; not spontaneouscanned music
- a slang word for drunk (def. 1)
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1859, "put up in a can," past participle adjective from can (v.2). Figuratively, of music, from 1904, originally a contemptuous term (associated with John Philip Sousa) for music played by automatic instruments.
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