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Loose cannon

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January 27th, 2009

This phrase finds its origins in French author Victor Hugo's historical novel Ninety Three, in which he describes a dangerous moment where a deckhand has to subdue a loose cannon in the midst of a storm. Since the book's publication in 1874, the phrase has come to refer to a person whose behavior can be reckless or out of control. "I won't work with him. He's a loose cannon."

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