a can of corn
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a can of corn
1. A very easy task. The phrase is thought to come from the act of dropping cans of vegetables from high grocery store shelves and then catching them. Come on, these chores are a can of corn—you can get them done in 10 minutes. I thought I was going to fail the test, but it turned out to be a can of corn! Getting here was a can of corn because there was no traffic at all.
2. baseball A fly ball that is very easy for the fielder to catch (by falling right down into their glove). Of course he made that catch—it was a real can of corn. I mean, it was a total can of corn, so don't get too excited that that dope actually made a good play. How did she miss that? Who misjudges a can of corn like that?
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
can of corn
1. n. a baseball that drops straight down into the glove of a waiting player (for an out). (Since the 1940s.) It’s a can of corn! Right into Sammy’s mitt.
2. n. something that is really easy [to do], as in easy as catching a can of corn. (From the image of an old-time grocery store clerk who would grasp a can from the top shelf with the special long tool, and then drop it straight down into his hand.) Nothing to it. A can of corn.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
can of cornSports
Something that is easily accomplished, especially a routine catch of a fly ball in baseball.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.