jerry can


Also found in: Dictionary.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
While the name "Jerry Can" is derived from British Army slang referring to Germans as Jerrys (also spelled Gerrys), the original Jerry can was developed in Germany prior to the Second World War in order to satisfy fuel transport requirements for its motorized divisions.
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 suggested filling up jerry cans with fuel because of the threatened tanker drivers' strike faced growing calls to resign after a woman was severely burned while transferring petrol between canisters in her kitchen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That silly old Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude urged the British to "keep a jerry can in the garage" and these days the British need precious little encouragement to behave like a big person's blouse.
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.
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.
Assistant general secretary Diana Holland said: "It's not a jerry can we need but a review of whether the industry is structured in the national interest.
July 22, 2014 (TORIT) -- Ugandan authorities said on Monday that they had uncovered at least 700 jerry cans of local brew destined for South Sudan's Eastern Equatoria state.