can of corn

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An easily caught fly ball.

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  • The phrase, first used in 1896, makes reference to a long-ago practice where a grocer would use a stick to tip a can of vegetables off a high shelf, then catch it in his hands or outstretched apron. Corn was the best-selling vegetable and so was heavily stocked on the lowest shelves, making it the easiest of the can "catches" for the grocer.
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Submitted on January 20, 2019

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