American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Informal Marked by a willingness to tackle a job and get it done: "the city's indomitable optimism and can-do spirit” ( Christian Science Monitor).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A measure of length used in Goa, formerly equal to 47 English inches, but now usually taken as equal to the Portuguese vara (43.2 inches).
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. slang having an eager willingness to accept and overcome challenges.
- adj. marked by a willingness to tackle a job and get it done
“There's no direct translation into Chinese of the phrase can-do spirit.”
“Known as a can-do operator with a knack for organization, Yuan was always “the shortest man in any group.””
“One small chapter in this colourful and beautifully written book tells the story of Craig Heisinger, who seems to embody the notion of can-do Prairie resilience.”
“People feared that America had lost its stature in the world, its reputation as a can-do nation.”
“Despite its current travails, California is rightly known for its entrepreneurial energy and can-do creativity.”
“Despite its current travails, California is rightly known for its can-do creativity.”
“Instead, he gives us Holmes as bawdy best mate; as martial arts adventurer; as the can-do hero of a tale that is colourful and boisterous, with barely an ounce of fat on its bones.”
“Let's bring on the can-do optimism," he will say before claiming that his "leadership is about unleashing your leadership".”
“Do we seek to be a can-do, make-do society, so ably demonstrated by our parents' and grandparents' generation who left a better world for those who followed, or a society marked by citizens trying to extract as much as possible from government on somebody else's dime.”
“They drew inspiration more from gung-ho American 'can-do' attitudes strengthened by the conviction that this time an aggrieved America had to win.”
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