jerry can


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jerry can

a flat-sided can with a capacity of between 4.5 and 5 gallons used for storing or transporting liquids, esp motor fuel: originally a German design adopted by the British Army during World War II

jerry can

[′jer·ē ‚kan]
(ordnance)
A 5-gallon (19-liter), flat-sided, narrow can adapted from a German-made can, easily stacked and transported, and adapted by special openings for discharging fuel.
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The group threatened to hold demonstrations in the county with empty jerry cans to express their displeasure.
At Westminster, meanwhile, the fuel crisis minister, Francis Maude, was demonised for suggesting the day before Mrs Hill's brainstorm that storing petrol in jerry cans could ease a national shortage if one came about.
A GOVERNMENT minister who advised drivers to fill up jerry cans because of a threatened strike faced calls to resign yesterday after a woman was severely burned transferring petrol into a container.
But if we all drive to the forecourts every time there is a room for a couple of litres in the tank or we all start filling jerry cans there will be an instant fuel shortage.
Mixed in with these detailed photos are historical photos from World War II showing the Jerry Can in action.
A GOVERNMENT minister who suggested filling up jerry cans with fuel because of a threatened tanker drivers' strike faced growing calls to resign yesterday after a woman was severely burned while transferring petrol between canisters in her kitchen.
Queues formed and garages ran dry after cabinet office minister Francis Maude suggested drivers should fill up any spare jerry cans with petrol and keep them in garages.
THE Government was facing increasing criticism over its handling of the fuel drivers dispute last night amid signs of panic buying by motorists and a controversial call to fill up jerry cans with petrol.
But the agreement poses awkward questions for bungling Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, who sparked panic by telling motorists to fill jerry cans and store them in the garage.
The Tories were also blasted by Merseyside fire chiefs after cabinet minister Frances Maude said drivers should fill jerry cans with petrol to store in garages.
And motoring groups turned on Tory minister Francis Maude who sparked the frantic scenes by urging motorists to hoard petrol at home in jerry cans as the threat of a tanker drivers' strike loomed.
Fuel tanker drivers are not actually on strike, but you would never know it as jittery motorists join the queues outside petrol stations, terrified that they might not get the chance to fill their nice new jerry can to the brim with unleaded.