can (1)

American and Australian English
This page is about the slang term can (1).

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 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

a. really great

b. fairly good

c. not very good

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Contributor: Matt Errey