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kick-the-can (uncountable)

  1. A particular game played by children, similar to tag.
    • 1994, Richard Powers, Operation Wandering Soul, HarperCollins, ISBN 006097611X, page 232,
      Each syllable, screamed by a hysteric caller in the world's last round of kick-the-can.
    • 2003, Dorothy Lilja Harrison, A Better Tomorrow?, iUniverse, ISBN 0595284299 page 70,
      And because few families could afford cars anymore, the alley was a safe place to play Captain-May-I?, kick-the-can, and bounce-out.
    • 2004, Yongsoo Park, Las Cucarachas, Akashic, ISBN 1888451564, page 7,
      If we were playing kick-the-can, it'd get everyone out of jail and make life hell for whoever's "it."