Extreme, everpresent anger in a person that is demonstrated by routine outbursts directed at all people (and sometimes inanimate objects) with frequency. There seems to be no known provocation to such attacks whatsoever. The metaphor induces one to envision the explosive and omnipresent sense of the anger.
That Vic is a perfect example of "rage in a can" ~ he once went off on me for no reason at work, i thought he was going to punch me in a meeting.
by Anja Manzanares October 14, 2009