cannon
   a pickpocket
   We are faced with two tributaries to this etymological stream. Some maintain that the derivation comes from the thief bumping into his victim, causing him to stumble, which enables the thief to take the wallet or watch in the confusion, with imagery from the billiards or pool table. The older general meaning, a thief, comes from the Yiddish gonif, whence the shortened gon, whence gun, whence cannon.

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  • Cannon — steht für: Cannon (Fernsehserie), US amerikanische Fernsehserie mit William Conrad Cannon Films, US amerikanische Filmproduktionsgesellschaft Cannon, englischer Sammelbegriff für einen Kanonentyp im 16. Jahrhundert Cannon ist der Familienname… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cannon — Can non, n.; pl. {Cannons}, collectively {Cannon}. [F. cannon, fr. L. canna reed, pipe, tube. See {Cane}.] 1. A great gun; a piece of ordnance or artillery; a firearm for discharging heavy shot with great force. [1913 Webster] Note: Cannons are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cannon — Can non, n.; pl. {Cannons}, collectively {Cannon}. [F. cannon, fr. L. canna reed, pipe, tube. See {Cane}.] 1. A great gun; a piece of ordnance or artillery; a firearm for discharging heavy shot with great force. [1913 Webster] Note: Cannons are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cannon — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Cannon Género Policiaco Reparto William Conrad Blaine H. McKee País de origen Estados Unidos Duración 60 min. Idioma/s …   Wikipedia Español

  • cannon — [kan′ən] n. pl. cannons or cannon [ME & OFr canon < It cannone < canna: see CANE; in CANNON n. 5 & vt. 2, vi. 2, altered < CAROM] 1. a) a large, mounted piece of …   English World dictionary

  • Cannon —   [ kænən],    1) Anny Jump, amerikanische Astronomin, * Dover (Delaware) 11. 12. 1863, ✝ Cambridge (Massachusetts) 13. 4. 1941; wirkte am Harvard Observatorium; entwickelte eine Sternklassifizierung nach Spektralklassen (die Harvard… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • cannon — 1. This word for a large gun is now confined, apart from its historical reference, to a shell firing gun in aircraft (a use first recorded in 1919). Historically the word is used both as an ordinary noun (with plural cannons), and as a collective …   Modern English usage

  • cannon — c.1400, tube for projectiles, from O.Fr. canon (14c.), from It. cannone large tube, augmentive of L. canna reed, tube (see CANE (Cf. cane)). Cannon fodder (1891) translates Ger. kanonenfutter (Cf. Shakespeare s food for powder in I Hen. IV ).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Cannon — Can non, v. i. 1. To discharge cannon. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. To collide or strike violently, esp. so as to glance off or rebound; to strike and rebound. He heard the right hand goal post crack as a pony cannoned into it crack, splinter, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cannon — ► NOUN (pl. usu. same) 1) a large, heavy piece of artillery formerly used in warfare. 2) an automatic heavy gun that fires shells from an aircraft or tank. ► VERB chiefly Brit. (cannon into/off) ▪ collide with forcefully or at an angle. ORIGIN… …   English terms dictionary

  • Cannon — Can non, n. & v. (Billiards) See {Carom}. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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