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can (1)

This page is about the slang term can (1)

American and Australian English


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.


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
a) really great b) fairly good c) not very good

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Contributor: Matt Errey