tin can

tin can
1. informal term for a destroyer
Hypernyms: ↑destroyer, ↑guided missile destroyer
2. airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.
Syn: ↑can, ↑tin
Derivationally related forms: ↑tin (for: ↑tin), ↑can (for: ↑can)
Hypernyms: ↑container

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1. : a can or cup made of tin or similar metal

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1. can2 (def. 1).
2. U.S. Navy Slang. a destroyer.
[1760-70, Amer.]

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tin can noun
A metal container for preserving food, esp an empty one
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Main Entry:tin

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tin can,
1. = can2 (def. 1). (Cf.can)
2. U.S. Naval Slang. a destroyer.
[(def. 2) because of the relatively thin armor plate]

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n. a tinplate or aluminum container for preserving food, esp. an empty one
Nautical slang a destroyer or a submarine

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ˌtin ˈcan [tin can] noun
= tin

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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