loose cannon

noun

Definition of loose cannon

: a dangerously uncontrollable person or thing

Examples of loose cannon in a Sentence

a politician who is regarded as a loose cannon by her colleagues

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But Byrne was known as a bit of a loose cannon well before Bitcoin was invented, most notably for his aggressive (and also frequently conspiratorial) campaign against naked short sellers. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "A Spy in the House of Byrne—The Ledger," 26 Aug. 2019 Is your husband a loose cannon, a drunk, a misogynist, a verbal abuser? Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Wife is caught in the middle of family’s rift with husband," 13 July 2019 Is your husband a loose cannon, a drunk, a misogynist, a verbal abuser? Dear Abby, oregonlive.com, "Dear Abby: Derogatory comment tears family apart," 14 July 2019 Their mission goes off with only one tiny hitch: While in space, Jean is irradiated with some kind of strange cosmic energy, rendering her even more powerful – and, unfortunately, more of a loose cannon – than before. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: If it’s the final X-Men chapter, ‘Dark Phoenix’ is appropriately funereal," 7 June 2019 Their mission goes off with only one tiny hitch: While in space, Jean is irradiated with some kind of strange cosmic energy, rendering her even more powerful — and, unfortunately, more of a loose cannon — than before. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "‘Dark Phoenix,’ X-Men’s probable swan song, is a dirge," 6 June 2019 In other words, when women act aggressively, they are seen as loose cannons, while men look passionate and continue to get work. Jessica Wakeman, Glamour, "Men Who Scream at Work Aren't "Passionate." They're Abusive.," 4 Sep. 2018 The old loose cannon, as he's known in political circles, was back. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "Kanye West and Rudy Giuliani: The mouths that recklessly roared," 5 May 2018 Hernandez, who has long been a buff of Civil War history, is not a loose cannon. Dom Amore, courant.com, "He's Keith Hernandez ....And He's Got Stories," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of loose cannon

1889, in the meaning defined above

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loose cannon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of loose cannon

: a person who cannot be controlled and who does or says things that cause problems, embarrassment, etc., for others

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