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loose cannon

Someone who has the propensity to act unpredictably or to lose their temper very quickly. You really have to be mindful of what you say to Jake. He's a loose cannon, and the smallest things will send him into a fit of rage. The star quarterback's reputation as a loose cannon hurt his chances of being signed by a new team.
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cannon fodder

Troops that are deemed expendable and thus given the most dangerous assignments (in which they are likely to be killed by artillery fire). I refuse to be sent to the front lines as cannon fodder!
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loose cannon

a person whose actions are unpredictable and uncontrollable. As it turned out, he's not just a loose cannon. He makes sense. Some loose cannon in the State Department has been leaking stories to the press.
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loose cannon

One who is uncontrolled and therefore a serious and unpredictable danger. For example, We can't trust her to talk to the press-she's a loose cannon. This metaphoric expression alludes to cannon mounted on the deck of a sailing ship, which if dislodged during combat or a storm could cause serious damage to both vessel and crew by sliding about. Its figurative use dates from the first half of the 1900s.
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cannon fodder

COMMON
1. You call soldiers in a war cannon fodder when they are considered unimportant and are sent to fight in the most dangerous areas, where they are likely to be killed. The 55- to 65-year-olds were sent to the front as cannon-fodder. If you're a squaddie, you're regarded as cannon fodder.
2. You call people cannon fodder when they are made to do difficult, unpleasant, or dangerous tasks that their bosses do not want to do. The average member of parliament would change parties without hesitation, and is treated by his party leaders as cannon fodder. Note: Fodder is cheap food such as hay or straw that is used to feed animals.
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a loose cannon

COMMON If you call someone a loose cannon, you mean that their behaviour is unpredictable and could cause problems. He was also getting a reputation for being a loose cannon; an accident waiting to happen. Thomson can be a loose cannon — he's not easy to control. Note: This expression refers to the cannons which used to be carried on the decks of warships. If one of the cannons was not properly fastened down, it could spin round and make a hole in the ship.
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cannon

n. a gun; a revolver. (Underworld.) Rocko pulled out his cannon and aimed it at Marlowe’s throat.

hash cannon

n. a device used in the smoking of cannabis. (see also shotgun.) Don had a hash cannon in his office as a sample of a device for smoking pot.
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loose cannon

n. a loudmouth; a braggart. As it turned out, he’s not just a loose cannon. He makes sense.
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and yet, the turnout last Wednesday evening, when Ian presented Cannon Street Revisited, proves that the spirit of that close community lives on.
Cannons being readied to signal beginning of the holy month.
But now conservation students are set to begin removing the rocks, sand and other so-called concretions stuck to the swivel cannon and the cannon muzzle in a bid to find out what they contain and where they came from.
There are a total of 20 officers on cannon duty, as each cannon is assigned four officers.
Amid fears about safety, he pledged to do "anything" to prove cannon were not dangerous.
Telephone messages left for Cannon were not immediately returned.
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The Chronicles of John Cannon, Excise Officer and Writing Master: Part Two, 1734-1743 (Somerset), edited by John Money.
Historically in the Kingdom, the Ramadan Cannon has served as a mean to announce the end of the fast at sunset.
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DOD's decision to establish an AFSOC mission at Cannon was the result of a confluence of events, chiefly, the BRAC 2005 contingency clause that provided urgency for finding a new tenant for the base and an AFSOC study pointing to Cannon Air Force Base as the best location for the AFSOC mission.
This piece of metal, if archaeologists' guesses are correct, is one of a pair of 19th-century cannons, and not just any pair of 19th-century cannons but the very cannons that gave the nearby stretch of shoreline - Cannon Beach - its name; cannons unveiled only by a series of monster storms in one of the harshest winters the Oregon Coast has seen in recent memory; cannons nobody thought they'd ever see again.