DYK: Have you ever heard the phrase ‘loose cannon’ when describing someone?

Today, Loose cannon means an unpredictable person or thing, liable to cause damage if not kept in check by others. loose-cannon

The phrase is actually a nautical term. It derives from the days when sailing warships were armed with enormous cannons on wheels; if a tethered cannon broke loose it could do enormous damage to the ship.

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

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She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
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Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
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One Response to DYK: Have you ever heard the phrase ‘loose cannon’ when describing someone?

  1. Jim Yates says:

    I remember reading my father’s copy, I believe “True (the man’s magazine)” over 60 years ago, about an English sailor that fell asleep on watch aboard a British warship and a storm caused the loose cannon to wreak havoc on the deck of the ship. The story went to tell about the sailor waking up and bravely jumping up on the loose cannon and lashing it down. After a naval investigation of the incident, the British Navy held a ceremony where they awarded a medal for courage to the sailor……..and then promptly hanged him for dereliction of duty.

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