Kick the can
Kick the can (also known as Pom Pom and Tip the can) is a children's game related to tag, hide and seek, and capture the flag which can be played outdoors, with as many as three to a few dozen players. The game is one of skill, strategy, and stealth as well as fitness.
"As outdoor and unstructured play of children continues to dwindle, the game of Kick the Can is becoming less and less known to each generation.... At one point in time, teenagers played Kick the Can with younger children, and the game and its variations were passed on from child to child. Past generations remember this game fondly, and it was enough of a cultural phenomenon that it was a central player in a 1962 episode of The Twilight Zone and was incorporated later in the 1983 film of the same name."
Kick the can down the road
The expression "kick the can" is sometimes used to mean "to procrastinate", or in political terms, to put off solving a particular problem until later. This usage does not refer to the children's game, but rather is shorthand for "kick the can down the road".
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- "Congress weighs another round of kick the can". Politico, cited at NewJersey.com. September 9, 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
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