loose cannon


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
Recent Examples on the Web The new season will kick off with a two-hour look at the life of Brian Pillman, a high-flying wrestler on the rise and 'loose cannon' who allowed his in ring persona to seep into his family life. Nasha Smith, Forbes, 6 May 2021 His attorneys continue to embarrass themselves by either discouraging Republicans from voting in the Georgia Senate elections in January or by appearing at a Michigan state legislature committee hearing with a very loose cannon. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 5 Dec. 2020 Gordon-Levitt, who plays precisely the kind of noble loose cannon that Bruce Willis would have played a couple of decades ago, is the irreverent but amiable audience surrogate. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, 12 Aug. 2020 Echo is a bit of a loose cannon these days as well. Dalene Rovenstine, EW.com, 25 June 2020 That person might be Frank Jr. who is a loose cannon. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, 30 Mar. 2020 Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser (not pictured): the loose cannonKushner, a presidential adviser and the husband of Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, has sown chaos by creating an independent White House coronavirus team. Lev Facher, STAT, 20 Mar. 2020 Whereas Locken was once a lovable loose cannon on the first three seasons, the fourth season turned her into a villain. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 26 Feb. 2020 Granted, Pound - something of a loose cannon in Olympic circles, which is exactly why journalists like to speak with him - wasn’t making an official announcement. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, 23 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of loose cannon

1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Loose cannon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loose%20cannon. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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