booze can

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booze can (plural booze cans)

  1. (chiefly Canada, idiomatic) A nightclub or bar, especially one which operates illegally or is otherwise disreputable.
    • 1990, "Ballard's death hasn't brought stability to Leafs," St. Paul Pioneer Press, (USA), 4 Nov., p. 3C:
      Mom Wassilyn claims she and Pal Hal had a one-night stand after a night at a "booze can" (after-hours joint) and son Mike was the result.
    • 2008, Robyn Doolittle, "Alcohol commission shuts down booze can," Toronto Star (Canada), 9 Sep. (retrieved 2 Feb 2009):
      "The establishment was operating as a booze can serving drinks well after hours," Mammoliti said.