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get canned

To be summarily dismissed or ousted from employment; to be fired. The new accountant got canned after a miscalculation cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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can (someone)

To summarily dismiss or oust someone from employment; to fire someone. Management promptly canned the new accountant after his miscalculation cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars. They'll can me if they ever find out I came into work drunk yesterday.
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canned laughter

Recorded laughter that is commonly played during a TV show's humorous moments, as to encourage the audience to laugh as well. Of course that corny show uses canned laughter to try to convince us that it’s funny.
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canned laughter

Also, canned music. Prerecorded sound effects that can be played repeatedly, as in That canned laughter doesn't make his jokes any funnier, or Canned music is greatly reducing the number of musical jobs available. O. Henry had the term in his story, Cabbages and Kings (1903): "We'll export canned music to the Latins." Canned laughter today is often used in broadcasting to simulate the reaction of a nonexistent live audience. [c. 1900]
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1. mod. alcohol intoxicated. I’ll drive. I’m too canned to walk.
2. mod. having to do with prerecorded laughter or applause that is added to the sound track of a television program. The dialogue was funny enough that they didn’t need to have the laughter canned.


mod. alcohol intoxicated; tipsy. He’s half-canned and will be no help at all.
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ConAgra further enhances the freshness of its canned products by using the Flashsteam process on its Hunt's tomatoes, which involves "simple hot water," and then "[canning] them within hours of harvesting," observes Herman.
Avoid storing home canned goods where the temperature reaches 95[degrees]F or above, such as in the attic or near a furnace or other heater.
While canned foods can be high in sodium, the leading sources of sodium in the American diet are not from canned foods (nor are canned fruits among the top sources of added sugar), according to USDA data.
Meanwhile, the research also revealed that today almost 13 million consumers buy branded canned meals, yet 8 million feel there is no difference in taste between own label and branded products.
By a significant margin, the top selling product category is canned fish with a 26 percent market share.
White beans, waxed beans (drained), mixed veggies (drained), diced canned potatoes (drained), and canned sauerkraut
Philadelphia, offers shaping technology that has been used by brands such as Heineken and Crosse & Blackwell, one of Premier Foods' leading canned food brands.
Allen Canning said it would purchase many of the facility's assets and move them to plants in Arkansas and Mississippi, allowing the company to produce a full line of canned vegetables, from asparagus to spinach.
To ensure your customers understand the benefits of using canned tomato products, it's important that you and your staff are aware of the fresh-packed varieties now available.
The idea was to provide what Arturo McKeon, technical director of the Rio de la Plata Division of Coca-Cola Argentina, calls the most modern technology for canned beverages.
Many canned foods on supermarket shelves contain small quantities of an estrogenlike pollutant, a new study reports.
He added that only 47% of all adults in Britain are aware of canned wine and only 15% have ever tried it.