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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?
acknowledge the corn
To admit to or acknowledge one's fault, shortcoming, mistake, crime, or naiveté. When they arrested me, I decided I might as well acknowledge the corn and confess to stealing the car. Especially since I was still driving it. Come on, you'll get a lesser punishment if you just acknowledge the corn. Fine, I'll acknowledge the corn—I was a fool to trust him with my money.
corn in Egypt
An abundance of something. The phrase is Biblical in origin. When I was looking for art supplies, I found corn in Egypt in Maisie's craft room.
1. adjective Trite or overly sentimental. No wonder they're not laughing at any of the jokes—Edward has such a cornball sense of humor.
2. noun One behaving in such a manner. Edward's such a cornball, no wonder they're not laughing at any of his jokes.
3. noun An unsophisticated person; a bumpkin or hick. I can't believe there are cornballs like you who have never been to a big city.
1. rude slang An unsophisticated person from a rural area of the Southern US. Congressional candidates from the big city tend to overlook the cornbread out in the boonies.
2. slang Something that is deemed dated or trite. Once John started getting into jazz, he couldn't stand what he called "Big Band cornbread" anymore.
1. slang Someone from Kentucky. Primarily heard in US. I was born a corncracker, but I moved to the East Coast for college.
2. offensive slang A derogatory term for a white person, especially one who is poor and from the South. Primarily heard in US.
slang Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really corned.
See also: corn
Unsophisticated due to being from a rural locale (where corn would be a common staple); hickish. Can someone help this cornfed guy navigate the subway system?
1. noun An outdoor game in which players try to toss beanbags into the hole in a target. Are we going to play cornhole at the cookout tomorrow night?
2. noun, slang The anus. Some jokester on the team poked Todd in the cornhole after practice.
3. noun, slang A jab in the anus. Some jokester on the team gave Todd a cornhole after practice.
4. verb, slang To jab or poke someone in the anus. Some jokester on the team cornholed Todd after practice.
earn (one's) corn
To be worthy of the money that one is being paid. I think you should hire the most experienced candidate because she'll definitely earn her corn.
like a can of corn
Effortlessly; with total ease. Typically used in reference to catching balls in various sports, especially baseball. The left fielder snatched the fly-ball out of the air like a can of corn. She's so comfortable returning punts and kicks on the field, treating them like cans of corn coming out of the air.
pee in (someone's) Corn Flakes
rude slang To really upset, irritate, or disappoint someone. Sorry to pee in your Corn Flakes, but you won't get any credits for the class unless you attend every single lecture. A: "Watch out, the boss is in a foul mood today." B: "Wow, I wonder who peed in his Corn Flakes?"
piss in (someone's) Corn Flakes
rude slang To really upset, irritate, or disappoint someone. Sorry to piss in your Corn Flakes, but you won't get any credits for the class unless you attend every single lecture. A: "Watch out, the boss is in a foul mood today." B: "Wow, I wonder who pissed in his Corn Flakes?"
1. Literally, the seed of corn that is kept aside from a harvest in order to plant for the following year's production. The hens got loose and ate up all of our seed corn. I don't know what we'll do for next year's harvest!
2. By extension, that which drives or supports future use, growth, or development, as opposed to that which is used immediately or in the present. Sometimes hyphenated when used as a modifier before a noun. Research, even that which doesn't lead to anything profitable, is the seed corn of this industry. The investment firm provides seed-corn financing to small business ventures.
3. A very small, painful callous that typically appears on the weight-bearing part of one's foot. I can't believe I got a seed corn right before the big marathon! I don't know how I'll be able to run it.
tread on (one's) corns
To cause one to feel sadness or unhappiness; to offend one. Lou is very sensitive—if you say the slightest critical word to him, he feels like you're treading on his corns.
What does that have to do with the price of corn?
A rhetorical question calling attention to a non-sequitur or irrelevant statement or suggestion made by another person. Yes, I agree that health care is an important issue, but what does that have to do with the price of corn? We are discussing tax incentives for local businesses—not exactly a related topic!
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like a can of corn
Rur. very easy. Whipping up dinner for twelve is like a can of corn, as far as Jane is concerned. The championship game was like a can of corn for our team. We won easily.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
earn your cornBRITISH
If someone earns their corn, they are successful and therefore justify the money that has been spent, for example on employing or training them. New striker, Steve Menzies, earned his corn with a last-minute goal. Managers earn their corn in these difficult circumstances.
If someone talks about seed corn, they mean resources or people that will produce benefits in the future rather than immediately. Investment in the industry, the seed corn of future output, has fallen by 75 percent. Note: If people eat their seed corn, they use up their valuable resources, and this will prevent them from being able to do things in the future. A society that's unwilling to invest in its future is a society that's living off capital. It's eating its seed corn. Note: A farmer's seed corn is the grain that is used for planting rather than being sold or eaten.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
corn in Egypta plentiful supply.
This expression comes from the aged Jacob's instructions to his sons in Genesis 42:2: ‘Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence’.
earn your cornput in a lot of effort for your wages. British informal
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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.
n. money. I need some corn to pay the rent.
n. a fight. (Perhaps referring to chickens fighting over corn.) Stop this silly corn squabble and let’s try to talk this through.
1. n. a stupid or corny person, especially if rural. Who invited this cornball to my party?
2. mod. stupid or corny. What a cornball idea!
mod. alcohol intoxicated. Let’s go out and get corned!
See also: corn
mod. rural; backward; unsophisticated. I enjoy her honest, cornfed humor.
1. n. the anus. (Usually objectionable.) Well, doc, I got this terrible itch in the cornhole, you know.
2. n. a sharp poke or goose in the anus. (Usually objectionable.) They delivered a painful cornhole to the bully and then ran off.
3. tv. to poke someone in the anus. (Usually objectionable.) Let’s sneak up and cornhole that guy!
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.
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