Definition of Carry-the can
1. Verb. Accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions.
Lexicographical Neighbors of Carry-the Can
Literary usage of Carry-the can
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Collection and Disposal of Municipal Refuse by Rudolph Hering, Samuel Arnold Greeley (1921)
"... under two schedules: (a) that the householder should set the can out at the curb, and (b) that the collector should carry the can out from the basement. ..."
2. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1901)
"Had she been Theresa, she would have insisted that the boy should carry the can to the cottage; being Bill she did no such thing, for she had set the boy ..."
3. A Discussion of the Explosion of Burning Fluid which Took Place at Salem by Eben Norton Horsford (1852)
"With a velocity that would carry the can to the inclined roof, it is easy to see how the nose could have been broken, (the neck and plug having been ..."
4. Radium Explained: A Popular Account of the Relations of Radium to the by William Hampson (1905)
"Or again— A gallon of water weighs 10 Ibs., but in order to carry it in a can, I must carry the can also, which weighs 2 Ibs. The total burden is 12 Ibs., ..."
5. Independent Fourth Reader: Containing a Practical Treatise on Elocution by James Madison Watson (1880)
"When the milk is ready, away the dog goes, but so steadily doe§ he carry the can, that he is rarely known to spill a drop of the milk ! 8. ..."
6. The Annual Register edited by Edmund Burke (1856)
"... to be sold there, and the apprentice after assisting her to carry the can half way, and doing some errands for his master, had gone to the timber-yard. ..."
7. Independent Fourth Reader: Containing a Practical Treatise on Elocution by James Madison Watson (1876)
"When the milk is ready, away the dog goes, but so steadily does he carry the can, that he is rarely known to spill a drop of the milk ! 8. ..."