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kick at the can (plural kicks at the can)

  1. (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, 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)

  1. (chiefly US and Canada, idiomatic) To make an attempt; to try.

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