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    Default trash-can as a verb

    " And any Toshiba exec who saw it would know that this particular frame should have been trash-caned before it ever left the factory."

    Would it be standard English to use the verb "to trash-can"?

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    Default Re: trash-can as a verb

    " And any Toshiba exec who saw it would know that this particular frame should have been trash-caned before it ever left the factory."

    Would it be standard English to use the verb "to trash-can"?


    Although I've not heard "trash-canned" (note the spelling) used this way, "canned" is a common informal term meaning dismissed or rejected.
    "The project was so badly funded that it was canned by the committee at a very early stage".
    Possibly because the frame is a physical object, "trash-canned" felt more descriptive, but the double "n" is necessary.


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    Default Re: trash-can as a verb

    In BrE, we can also use binned.

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    Default Re: trash-can as a verb

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    " And any Toshiba exec who saw it would know that this particular frame should have been trash-caned before it ever left the factory."

    Would it be standard English to use the verb "to trash-can"?


    Although I've not heard "trash-canned" (note the spelling) used this way, "canned" is a common informal term meaning dismissed or rejected.
    "The project was so badly funded that it was canned by the committee at a very early stage".
    Possibly because the frame is a physical object, "trash-canned" felt more descriptive, but the double "n" is necessary.


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    I hear "trash-canned" in the US. The emphasis is not so much on "canned" as it is on "trash". One throws things of no value into the trash. The "can" here is the container which holds trash. Material objects, as well as ideas, can be "trash-canned".

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    Default Re: trash-can as a verb

    shit-canned - definition of shit-canned by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    I'd say this vulgar version is more common than "trash-canned."

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    Default Re: trash-can as a verb

    Could a person be trash-canned ? Suppose somebody's been working for a company for a while but the board suddenly decides to downzise personnel.

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    Default Re: trash-can as a verb

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Could a person be trash-canned ? Suppose somebody's been working for a company for a while but the board suddenly decides to downzise personnel.
    Aaaarrrrgghhhh!

    Sorry about that. I feel better now,

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    Default Re: trash-can as a verb

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Could a person be trash-canned ? Suppose somebody's been working for a company for a while but the board suddenly decides to downzise personnel.
    I can't speak for AmE, but people can be binned (sacked) in BrE.

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