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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

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

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

can it in can2 British & World English

Stop doing something

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 in no British & World English

I am unable to do it

no can do British & World English

I am unable to do it

in the can in can2 British & World English

On tape or film and ready to be broadcast or released

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

pigs might fly in pig British & World English

Used ironically to express disbelief

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

carry the can in carry British & World English

Take responsibility for a mistake or misdeed

carry the can British & World English

Take responsibility for a mistake or misdeed

tell1 British & World English

Decide or determine correctly or with certainty

I can't win in win British & World English

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

I can't win British & World English

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

as best one can in best British & World English

As effectively as possible under the circumstances

as best one can 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

a can of worms British & World English

A complicated matter likely to prove awkward or embarrassing

cannot choose but do something in choose British & World English

Have no alternative to doing something

you can't lose in lose British & World English

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

you can't lose British & World English

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

I tell you in tell1 British & World English

Used to emphasize a statement

can take a joke in joke British & World English

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

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

can/could afford in afford British & World English

Have enough money to pay for

afford British & World English

Have (a resource such as money or time) available or to spare

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

I don't blame you in blame British & World English

Used to indicate that one agrees that the action or attitude taken was reasonable

can't be bothered in bother British & World English

Be unwilling to make the effort needed to do something

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

I don't blame you British & World English

Used to indicate that one agrees that the action or attitude taken was reasonable

can't/won't be doing with in do1 British & World English

Be unwilling to tolerate or be bothered with

what can you expect? in expect British & World English

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


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