jerry can


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jer·ry can

 (jĕr′ē) also jer·ri·can (jĕr′ĭ-kăn′)
n.
A flat-sided can for storing or transporting liquids, especially gasoline, having a capacity of 5 gallons (19 liters).

[From Jerry.]

jerry can

n
1. (Units) a flat-sided can with a capacity of between 4.5 and 5 gallons used for storing or transporting liquids, esp motor fuel: originally a German design adopted by the British Army during World War II
[C20: from Jerry]
Translations

jerry can

[ˈdʒɛrɪˌkæn] ntanica
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The two said residents cannot continue buying a 20-litre jerry can of water drawn from untreated rivers and springs in the area at Sh50.
A silly decision to use one of the jerry cans used to purify water as a container for leftover pig meat led to the meat going off and the group binning the jerry can.
Forty-six-year-old Diane Hill suffered 40 per cent burns in her Yorkshire home when decanting a plastic jerry can of petrol into a glass jug in the belief her daughter's car might need a top-up were fuel to be unavailable.
Firefighters confirmed the injured woman Ms Hill was decanting fuel from a green jerry can into a glass jug.
Official government advice to break fire regulations and "store a jerry can of petrol in your garage" has more than a whiff of Corporal Jones about it.
While the name "Jerry Can" is derived from British Army slang referring to Germans as Jerrys (also spelled Gerrys), the original Jerry can was developed in Germany prior to the Second World War in order to satisfy fuel transport requirements for its motorized divisions.
Firefighter Lee Smith confirmed that the container Ms Hill was decanting from was a green jerry can, adding: "It was a normal tea-time activity, cooking a meal, and the person (Ms Hill) was decanting from a petrol container into a glass jug.
He said his colleague did not understand a jerry can can hold 20 litres.
Filling car fuel tanks from a jerry can is difficult and can lead to dangerous spillages.
Assistant general secretary Diana Holland said: "It's not a jerry can we need but a review of whether the industry is structured in the national interest.
He said his colleague had not understood the size of a jerry can, which can hold 20 litres - more than the official limit for the amount that can be safely stored at home.
The Cabinet Minister had sparked the buying frenzy when he declared on Wednesday: "A bit of extra fuel in a jerry can in the garage is a sensible precaution to take.