loose cannon


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loose cannon

n. Slang
One that is uncontrolled and therefore poses danger: "[His] bloopers in the White House seem to make him ... a political loose cannon" (Tom Morgenthau).

[From the threat posed by loose cannon rolling about a warship under sail.]

loose cannon

n
a person or thing that appears to be beyond control and is potentially a source of unintentional damage

loose′ can′non


n.
a person whose reckless behavior endangers the efforts or welfare of others.
[1975–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.loose cannon - a person who is expected to perform a particular task but who is out of control and dangerous
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
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