church key
noun Date: circa 1953 an implement with a triangular pointed head at one end for piercing the tops of cans and often with a rounded head at the other end for opening bottles

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • church key — church′ key n. Slang. cvb sts a small metal can opener for punching holes in the top of a beverage can, as of beer • Etymology: 1950–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • church key — ☆ church key n. Slang a device for opening cans, esp. originally beer cans, by punching a V shaped hole in the top …   English World dictionary

  • church key — noun can opener that has a triangular pointed end that pierces the tops of cans • Hypernyms: ↑can opener, ↑tin opener * * * noun : an implement with a triangular pointed head at one end for piercing the tops of cans (as of beer) and usually a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • church key — n. a beer can opener. □ Where is the church key when I need it? □ I have a church key in my glove compartment …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • church key — Canadian Slang [chur ch kee] bottle opener I use my church key often …   English dialects glossary

  • church key — np Can or bottle opener. I need to open a Coke; does anyone have a church key? 1950s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • church key — Slang. a small metal can opener having a sharp triangular pointed end for punching holes in the top of a beverage can, as of beer. [1950 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • church key — noun A can opener having a triangular tip that pierces the can …   Wiktionary

  • church key — n a bottle opener. A (mainly middle aged) drinkers witticism …   Contemporary slang

  • church-key — …   Useful english dictionary

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