an ancient language of Italy, spoken in the area north of the Tiber . It was closely related to Latin, which displaced it before 200 bc
The can-can is a dance in which the dancers kick their legs in the air to fast music .
If you refer to moral or religious statements as cant, you are criticizing them because you think the person making them does not really believe what they are saying .
If you say that someone has a can-do attitude, you approve of them because they are confident and willing to deal with problems or new tasks, rather than complaining or giving up.
a town in S Vietnam, on the River Mekong . Pop: 368 000 (2005 est)
a metal food container, esp when empty
an aluminium can for beer
a buoy with a flat-topped cylindrical shape above water, marking the left side of a channel leading into a harbour : red in British waters but green ( occasionally black) in US waters
a short squat beer bottle
a container used to transport milk from farms
A spray can is a small metal container containing liquid such as paint under pressure so that it can be sprayed.
A trash can is a large round container which people put their rubbish in and which is usually kept outside their house .
a container for substances stored as aerosols, such as paint, polish, or insecticide
a device which presses empty metal food containers in order to reduce their volume before they are disposed of
A can opener is the same as a → tin opener .
If you say that someone can't win in a particular situation, you mean that they are certain to fail or to suffer whatever they do.
A garbage can is a container that you put rubbish into.
a container for carrying petrol
a small can of Sterno
If you say you can't help thinking something, you are expressing your opinion in an indirect way, often because you think it seems rude .
in the can:
If you say that something such as a job that you are doing is in the can, you mean that it is completely finished .
A watering can is a container with a long spout which is used to water plants.
can of worms:
a complicated problem
If you can't abide someone or something, you dislike them very much.
you can talk:
you don't have to worry about doing a particular thing yourself
Ash Can School:
a group of US painters including Robert Henri and later George Bellows, founded in 1907, noted for their depiction of the sordid aspects of city life
can ill afford:
If you say that someone can ill afford to do something, or can ill afford something, you mean that they must prevent it from happening because it would be harmful or embarrassing to them.
carry the can:
to take the blame for something even though you are not the only person responsible for it
a large can for ashes and trash
a can of worms:
If you say that someone is opening a can of worms, you are warning them that they are planning to do or talk about something which is much more complicated, unpleasant, or difficult than they realize and which might be better left alone .
An all-you-can-eat buffet or restaurant is a buffet or restaurant at which you pay a fixed price, no matter how much or how little you eat .
as best one can:
If someone does something as best they can, they do it as well as they can, although it is very difficult .
can't hack it:
If you say that someone can't hack it or couldn't hack it, you mean that they do not or did not have the qualities needed to do a task or cope with a situation .
can't help sth:
If you can't help the way you feel or behave, you cannot control it or stop it happening . You can also say that you can't help yourself .
can't tell apart:
If you can't tell two people or things apart, they look exactly the same to you.
can you beat it?:
an expression of utter amazement or surprise
to carry the can:
If you have to carry the can, you have to take all the blame for something.
you can keep it:
I have no interest in what you are offering
you can't win:
an expression of resignation after an unsuccessful attempt to overcome difficulties
a flat-sided can with a capacity of between 4.5 and 5 gallons used for storing or transporting liquids, esp motor fuel : originally a German design adopted by the British Army during World War II
can stick/to stick:
If you say that someone can stick something, especially a job, or if you tell them where to stick it, you are rudely refusing it or emphasizing that you do not want it or like it.
can't be bothered:
If you say that you can't be bothered to do something, you mean that you are not going to do it because you think it is unnecessary or because you are too lazy .
can't get arrested:
(of a performer) is unrecognized and unsuccessful
a style of wrestling in which trips, holds below the waist, etc, are allowed
I will/can manage:
You say ' I can manage ' or ' I'll manage ' as a way of refusing someone's offer of help and insisting on doing something by yourself.
you never can tell:
If you say ' You never can tell ', you mean that the future is always uncertain and it is never possible to know exactly what will happen .
can do sth blindfold:
If you say that you can do something blindfold, you are emphasizing that you can do it easily, for example because you have done it many times before.
can not take a joke:
If you say that someone cannot take a joke, you are criticizing them for getting upset or angry at something you think is funny .