Lid (container)

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Lid of a Tic Tac mint case

A lid, also known as a cap, is part of a container, and serves as the cover or seal, usually one that completely closes the object. A lid is often a type of closure.

History[edit]

Lids have been found on pottery dating back as far as 3100 BC. Ancient Egyptian canopic jars with lids held the organs of mummified bodies as early as 2686 BC.[1] The coffee lid market is valued at roughly $180 million. An estimated 14 billion lids were sold in 2009 in the United States.[2]

Some containers such as tubs or jars now have a plastic film heat sealed onto the container: this is often called a lidding film.

Cultural references[edit]

The word is used metaphorically, as in "keeping the lid on the secret" and "flipped his lid".

An old saying that you never have to put a lid on a bucket of crabs (because when one gets near the top, another will inevitably pull it down) is often used as a metaphor for group situations where an individual feels held back by others.[3][4]

An old Yiddish saying, that "every pot will find its lid" refers to people finding an appropriate match in marriage. [5]

A well-known myth concerns Pandora opening the lid of a box and unleashing terrible evils into the world.[6]

The term "lid" was commonly used in the 1960s and 1970s as a synonym for an ounce of marijuana.[7]

Lids are referred to in the Bible, in the Book of Numbers.[8]

Comedians Fry and Laurie performed a song called "Where is the Lid?".[9]

The rock band Nazareth performed a song called 'Lift the Lid'.[10]

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