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cannon Idioms & Phrases

Cannon ball

  • noun a solid projectile that in former times was fired from a cannon
    cannonball; round shot.
  • strictly, a round solid missile of stone or iron made to be fired from a cannon, but now often applied to a missile of any shape, whether solid or hollow, made for cannon. Elongated and cylindrical missiles are sometimes called bolts; hollow ones charged with explosives are properly called shells.
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cannon bone

  • noun greatly developed metatarsal or metacarpal bone in the shank or cannon part of the leg in hoofed mammals
Can"non bone
  1. (Anat.) See Canon Bone.
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Cannon bullet

  • a cannon ball . Obs.
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Cannon cracker

  • noun a large firecracker
  • a fire cracker of large size.
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cannon fire

  • noun fire delivered by artillery
    artillery fire.

cannon fodder

  • noun soldiers who are regarded as expendable in the face of artillery fire
    fodder; fresh fish.

Cannon lock

  • a device for firing a cannon by a percussion primer.
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Cannon metal

  • . See Gun Metal.
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Cannon pinion

  • the pinion on the minute hand arbor of a watch or clock, which drives the hand but permits it to be moved in setting.
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Cannon proof

  • impenetrable by cannon balls.
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Cannon shot

  • . (a) A cannon ball. (b) The range of a cannon.
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Cap of a cannon

  • a piece of lead laid over the vent to keep the priming dry; now called an apron.
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Grape of a cannon

  • the cascabel or knob at the breech.
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loose cannon

  • noun a person who is expected to perform a particular task but who is out of control and dangerous

lower cannon

  • noun cannon of plate armor protecting the forearm

upper cannon

  • noun cannon that provides plate armor for the upper arm

water cannon

  • noun a hose (carried on a truck) that fires water under high pressure to disperse crowds (especially crowds of rioters)