kick at the can (plural kicks at the can)
- (chiefly US and Canada, idiomatic) An attempt or an opportunity.
- 2005 June 17, Carol Vogel, "The Modern Buys 'Rebus'," New York Times (retrieved 13 Feb 2014):
- "We're now in a situation where you get just one kick at the can," Mr. Elderfield said.
- 2011, Paul Litt, Elusive Destiny: The Political Vocation of John Napier Turner, ISBN 9780774822671, p. 389 (Google preview):
- He figured that Canadian political leaders got only two kicks at the can, and he'd now had both of his.
- 2012 Jan. 20, Eric Jackson, "In Defense of Jerry Yang," Forbes (retrieved 13 Feb 2014):
- How many companies get the chance to flail around for 6 years and then get a second kick at the can?
kick at the can (third-person singular simple present kicks at the can, present participle kicking at the can, simple past and past participle kicked at the can)
- (chiefly US and Canada, idiomatic) To make an attempt; to try.