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can1 British & World English

Be able to

can2 British & World English

A cylindrical metal container

Can. British & World English

Canada or Canadian

you bet your bottom dollar British & World English

Used to state one’s conviction that a particular thing is going to happen

you bet your boots British & World English

Used to express absolute certainty

pigs might fly British & World English

Used ironically to express disbelief

you can't talk British & World English

Used to convey that a criticism made applies equally well to the person who has made it

you catch more flies with honey than vinegar British & World English

It is more effective to be polite and flattering than to be hostile or demanding

can it British & World English

Stop talking; be quiet

can-do British & World English

Having or showing a determination or willingness to take action and achieve results

tin can British & World English

A can for preserving food

no can do British & World English

I am unable to do it

in the can British & World English

On tape or film and ready to be broadcast or released

watering can British & World English

A portable water container with a long spout and a detachable perforated cap, used for watering plants

can it in can2 British & World English

Stop doing something

carry the can British & World English

Take responsibility for a mistake or misdeed

I can't win British & World English

There is no course of action will bring success or please people

as best one can British & World English

As effectively as possible under the circumstances

a can of worms British & World English

A complicated matter likely to prove awkward or embarrassing

can take a joke British & World English

Be able (or unable) to receive humorous remarks or tricks in the spirit in which they are intended

you can't lose British & World English

Used to express the belief that someone must inevitably profit from an action or undertaking

can't be bothered British & World English

Be unwilling to make the effort needed to do something

catch-as-catch-can British & World English

Wrestling in which all holds are permitted

no can do in no British & World English

I am unable to do it

what can you expect? British & World English

Used to emphasize that there was nothing unexpected about a person or event, however disappointed one might be

in the can in can2 British & World English

On tape or film and ready to be broadcast or released

a kick at the can British & World English

An opportunity to achieve something

run before one can walk British & World English

Attempt something difficult before one has grasped the basic skills

as far as I can see British & World English

To the best of my understanding or belief

you can say that again! British & World English

Used to express emphatic agreement

walk before one can run British & World English

Grasp the basic skills before attempting something more difficult

carry the can in carry British & World English

Take responsibility for a mistake or misdeed

you can't talk in talk British & World English

Used to convey that a criticism made applies equally well to the person who has made it

pigs might fly in pig British & World English

Used ironically to express disbelief

cancan British & World English

A lively, high-kicking stage dance originating in 19th-century Parisian music halls and performed by women in long skirts and petticoats

beggars can't be choosers British & World English

People with no other options must be content with what is offered

before one can draw breath British & World English

Before one can do anything

as far as one can tell British & World English

Judging from the available information

two can play at that game British & World English

Used to assert that one is equally capable of copying another’s strategy, to their disadvantage

you can't win them all British & World English

Said to express consolation or resignation after failure in a contest

as best one can in best British & World English

As effectively as possible under the circumstances

a can of worms in can2 British & World English

A complicated matter likely to prove awkward or embarrassing

kick the can down the road British & World English

Put off confronting a difficult issue or making an important decision, typically on a continuing basis

before you can say knife British & World English

Very quickly; almost instantaneously


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