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can (1) American and Australian English

Meaning: to reject or criticize something or someone

For example:

  • The show's ratings were so bad that the network canned it after just a few episodes.

  • The English media cans the national football team whenever they lose a game.

Variety: This slang is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

When the movie was released, nearly all the newspaper film critics canned it. They said it was
  1. really great
  2. fairly good
  3. not very good

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