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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.
2. In baseball, a fly ball that is very easy for the fielder to catch (by falling right down into his glove). Of course he made that catch—it was a real can of corn.
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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.
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can of corn

Sports
Something that is easily accomplished, especially a routine catch of a fly ball in baseball.
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"A middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of corn and peas in classrooms for students to hurl at possible intruders as a last defense."
They put frozen turkeys, cans of corn and green beans, jars of gravy, sacks of potatoes and other ingredients in large cardboard boxes that then were delivered to about 20 addresses in town.
Mix a large can of diced tomatoes, two cans of corn (one white and one yellow) and four drained cans of your favorite beans (I suggest a mixture of garbanzo beans, red kidney beans, black beans and pinto beans) in a slow cooker.
"Our vendors know that selling us whole kernel corn for our Wylwood brand means that they'll sell 55 million cans of corn each year.
"It was, 'Here's three cans of corn, here's a box of salt.'" It's really a very long process that can take hours and hours.
Since Web surfing has become commonplace--and even cans of corn now display a company's URL--sites to rate the most popular stops on the Web have gained momentum.
A food manufacturer in Shimizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, said Thursday it has begun recalling some 26,000 cans of corn after a dead lizard was found in one of the cans, which were processed in Thailand in April last year.
The 1,150-store chain buys in bulk - 60 million cans of corn per year, for example - and takes advantage of its small stores, minimal staffing and an efficient distribution system to keep costs down, company officials said.
Each food pack contains six kilograms of rice, four cans of sardines, four cans of corned beef, and six sachets of coffee that is good for two to three days of consumption of a family with five members.
Food packs consist of three kilos of rice, two cans of corned beef, two cans of sardines, and two packs of coffee.
Families from Sasmuan's coastal villages of Batang Uno, Batang Dos and Sebitanan received food packs containing 10 kilos of rice, four cans of sardines and four cans of corned beef.
The contents of the DSWD family food packs 6 kilos of rice, three cans of corned beef and three cans of sardines as well as six packs of ready-to-drink coffee are not enough or suitable for Ramadan.
He would recount how they gave him chocolate bars and cans of corned beef that yielded enough soup to feed his family for a week.
Edwin said they will share two cans of corned beef, some vegetables given by a neighbour and instant noodles.
With a degree of humility that is rarely displayed by today's celebrities, Auden once described his own wrinkled face as "looking like two cans of corned beef".