Figurative complaint about someone's unwillingness to confront a problem of the day, by instead letting someone else handle it later. By that time the problem will be worse.
They can't balance the budget; they just kick the can down the road.
by fche May 29, 2013
A children's game, typically played in one or more adjoining backyards. Players set up a base (often a frizbee is used), and place a can (may be a sand bucket, a pop can, an empty can of spaghetti sauce or even an empty nesquick jar), on top of it. They then decide which player is to be it first.

A player who is not it begins the game by kicking the can. All of the players (except the one who is it) run away and hide, as long as they are within the boundry limits. "It", must retrieve the can and place it back onto the base. It may now attempt to find the players. When It finds a player, he must call out that player's name and location. Should that information be correct, a race ensues. The player who is it must run and jump over the can before the (now found) player kicks it. If It wins the race, then the player i caught.

If at any point in the game a player (who has been seen or not) kicks the can, all players are free. This includes when a player out-runs "it" during a "race".

The round ends when all players are caught. The first one to be caught ten becomes "it".

The game ends when too many players quit, or their mothers force them to go inside.

There are various changes of rules in Kick the Can, including, but not limited to: a timed version, a no-race version and a version where more than one player is "it".
You guys wanna play kick the can?
by Paul September 25, 2004
That old man kicked the the can in prison last week.
by E February 16, 2005
To delay a decision, as in to pass the buck, often to another person or committee
I was supposed to be hired by Jon but now that Ian is the new manager he gets to make the decision. No news yet, they are just kicking the can on my employment.
by GuitarDragon March 19, 2021
The oldest known game in the history of humanity. The name speaks for itself; children gather around and kick a can to each other. The history of this game dates are far back as medieval ages, perhaps even further.

Centuries later.....thank God for Nintendo.
"Our present-day kick the can is hackeysack. Like I care though."
by Dave January 21, 2004
What politicians do to our National debt. Instead of resolving it, they refuse to address it and instead borrow more.
The Republicans and Democrats both borrowed a ton of money and put the government further in debt. This is what we call kicking the can down the road. Guess our children's children will be paying this one off.
by Egirl Rhyann June 29, 2020
When a girl is so loose, your cock doesn't touch the insides of her pussy.

Union Street - Long, steep, wide, downhill street in the centre of Aberdeen, Scotland.
"Get any poon last night then?"
"Yeah, but it was shite. Like kicking a can down Union Street"
by Mikey Boy, ken February 9, 2007