1. as a ‘hollow’ part of the body.
(a) [17C+] the vagina.
(b) [1910s+] (US) the buttocks; the anus; also used generically for the whole person (see cite 1952).
(c) [1910s+] (US) used as a euph. for ass n. (2) in various senses, e.g. pain in the can, flatter the can off etc.
(d) [1910s+] (Aus./US) the human head.
(e) [1910s+] the mouth.
2. [mid-19C; 1910s–40s] (US) a bomb; thus can-maker, a bomb-maker.
3. [late 19C] by meton., a barman.
4. as a room, place or container.
(a) [late 19C] a small room, e.g. in a hotel.
(b) [20C+] (US) a water closet, a lavatory.
(c) [1910s+] a prison, a police station lock-up; as generic can, imprisonment.
(d) [1920s] (US Und.) a still.
(e) [1920s+] (US Und.) a safe.
(f) [1930s] (US Und.) a bank.
(g) [2000s] (US) a shipping container.
5. in the context of drugs.
(a) [late 19C–1920s] a 5oz (140g) container of opium.
(b) [1930s] a 1oz (28g) container of opium.
(c) [1930s–50s] 1oz (28g) of morphine.
(d) [1950s+] approx. 1oz (28g) of marijuana.
(e) [1980s] (Aus.) a phial of morphine, sufficient for a single injection.
6. [1900s–20s] a pocket.
7. as vehicles.
[1930s] (US) to dismiss from a job or relationship.
(a) [1920s+] (US) a dilapidated, run-down, malfunctioning vehicle, incl. a ship.
(b) [1940s] a plane.
[20C+] (US, mainly Chicago) a brothel.
see separate entry.
see can opener n. (5)
[1940s] (US prison) to escape from jail.
[1900s] (US) to be dismissed from a job.
[1980s] (US) to accept a bribe; to act in a corrupt manner.
[1930s+] (US) sexually aroused.
[1930s] (orig. US) ejected unceremoniously, thrown out.
see suck someone’s dick under dick n.1
see under swap v.
see under sweat v.2
[1910s] (Aus.) stop talking!
[late 17C+] a general excl. of disdain, dismissal, arrogant contempt.
[1910s] (US) shut up! be quiet!
SE in slang uses
see tomato-can vag under tomato can n.
[late 19C] (US) a party devoted to drinking beer.
[2000s] (Irish) a term of abuse.
[1920s+] (orig. naut.) to take the blame that should be another’s, to do the ‘dirty work’; esp. as left carrying the can.
[late 19C–1920s] to fetch beer from a bar.
[1920s–50s] (US) to go on a drinking spree.
[1900s+] (US) to drink or purchase drinks.
[1940s] (Aus.) to amaze, to astound.
[1940s] (US) to beg in the street.
[late 19C+] (US) to buy beer from a tavern and bring it home for drinking there (cf. rush the growler under growler n.3 ).
1. [late 19C+] (US) to play an unpleasant trick on.
2. [20C+] (also hang a can to, tie a can on, tie the can to) to reject or dismiss (a person).
3. [1920s+] to stop (an activity).
[1900s–10s] to condemn, to reprimand.
[1950s+] (Aus.) to pay for a round of drinks.