Canister

The head (pugilistic term). “To mill his canister” is to break his head. A “canister cap” is a covering for the head, whether hat or cap. A “canister” is a small coffer or box, and the head is the “canister” or coffer of man's brains.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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