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  • n. A device used to open tin cans, usually by slicing the lid off.
  • n. A shoulder hit to the chest, usually accomplished while moving from a crouched to a standing position.

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  • n. a device for cutting cans open


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  • He had a black baseball cap that bore the star emblem of his department, tear-shaped shades, and carried a shorty M4 with a 30-round P-mag, a suppressor and a couple of thousand bucks’ worth of optical sights, flashlights, lasers, and maybe even a can opener bolted onto various rails that ran around the gun’s forearm and receiver top.

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  • Spider rocked the little P-38 can opener around the soft-metal lip of the green can, Peaches, Cling.



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  • can openers come in two forms. Ones for cutting the top off a metal can, and ones that punch a triangular hole in the top of a beverage can so that its contents can be poured out.

    June 28, 2009

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    March 15, 2007

  • Also called a "figure four" (because of its resemblance to a "4"). A dive which, like the cannonball, gets everyone wet, yet can be directed to a particular target area of the pool.

    March 15, 2007