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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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"From Italian to Indian, there are very few cuisines which cannot be simplified by utilising canned food," he says.
Some canned foods will contain salt as an added ingredient to improve taste and act as a freshness preservative.
It has been anticipated that an increasing number of women joining the workforce is likely to have a positive effect on the demand for canned food.
While many of these foods may not be safely canned in mashed or pureed form, most of them are perfectly safe to can as chunks covered by liquid.
"As of July 30, 2015, all ConAgra Foods canned foods made in its U.S.
A canned nutrition boost A 2012 study published in the Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences showed that canned fruits and vegetables provide important essential nutrients, like vitamin C, often at a lower cost per nutrient than fresh, frozen or dried forms.
"[Cooking] has become a social event at home," he explains, noting that brands are adding to canned meat's convenience factor by printing "fun recipe suggestions" on labeling.
Canned foods still have a lot to offer, however, and millions of cans are sold in the UK every year.
Canned beer also chills better, and collective hysteria over BPA poisoning-a chemical in the lining of aluminum and plastic products-has gone out of vogue.
They go through similar manufacturing processes, although kibble gets extruded (a shaping and drying process) and canned gets retorted (heated at high temperature in a retort sterilizer), so it has to go through a heating process.
While we continue to value canned foods for the convenience they offer, we tend to forget the benefits that drove Durand to package foods in metal--namely the health and nutritional advantages that the format affords.
Michigan State University (MSU) has released a study underscoring the pivotal role of canned foods in the helping address the fight against obesity.
Eugene bottle shop, The Bier Stein, which carries canned beer from about 10 breweries, sells "a decent amount" of microbrews in cans, buyer and manager Dave Stockhausen said.
A: The growing demand for canned food across the country, helped along by times of war along with technology that pushed can making into the automated realm, has led to a job demand within the can-making, food production and packaging industries.