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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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.
This book is obliviously targeted toward Jerry can collectors (apparently there is such a group), World War II memorabilia collectors, or historical reenactors.
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.
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.
Firefighters confirmed the injured woman Ms Hill was decanting fuel from a green jerry can into a glass jug.
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.
Filling car fuel tanks from a jerry can is difficult and can lead to dangerous spillages.
Fuel tanker drivers are not actually on strike but you would never know it as jittery motorists join the queues outside petrol stations, terrified that they might not get the chance to fill their nice new jerry can to the brim with unleaded.
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.
Fuel tanker drivers are not actually on strike, but you would never know it as jittery motorists join the queues outside petrol stations, terrified that they might not get the chance to fill their nice new jerry can to the brim with unleaded.
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.
He said his colleague did not understand a jerry can can hold 20 litres.