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Usage examples for canny

  1. Most people's experience would lead them to attend to a canny Dutch proverb, which observes that a " friend's" faults may be noticed but not blamed: since the consequences of blaming them are mostly unpleasant; but a braver proverb says, " A true friend dares sometimes venture to be offensive;" and we read that it is our duty to " admonish a friend; it may be that he hath not said it, and, if he have, that he speak it not again." – Stray Thoughts for Girls by Lucy H. M. Soulsby
  2. To expedite matters, a trustworthy agent, a canny Scotchman, who had long served under my command, was dispatched to Montreal, via Portland, to notify these parties that we were on our way there. – The Narrative of a Blockade-Runner by John Wilkinson
  3. She's not right, I tell you; not canny, as Nurse used to say. – Fernley House by Laura E. Richards
  4. " We'll no argue aboot that," said the canny Scot. – The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle
  5. I'm canny; I like to think that when I spend my money I get its value in return. – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  6. Gang canny when ye meet him, and see ye get the goods before ye sign the bill o' lading. – The Coast of Adventure by Harold Bindloss
  7. Many and many the canny Scot who's made a great place for himsel' in the world was born and brocht up in a wee village in a glen. – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  8. Here's the flowers, wumman; carry them canny. – The Literary Sense by E. Nesbit
  9. But the secret is, I suppose, that Chester is " canny" as well as " bonny," and, being wise, she refused to throw away her precious antique garments for glaring new ones. – Set in Silver by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  10. That is not canny. – A Little Wizard by Stanley J. Weyman
  11. But he meant to be canny; this time he would choose a woman who, if she ruled him, would not misrule him; what he could stand was a sovereign, not a despot, and he believed that he had found this exceptionally gifted and exceptionally moderated being: it was Miss Anna Hardage. – The Mettle of the Pasture by James Lane Allen
  12. They are the canny ones! – The Story of Wool by Sara Ware Bassett
  13. " Dey ain't canny, dem things," he declared; " ef de Lord had wanted us to fly he'd have given us wings, I guess. – The Girl Aviators' Motor Butterfly by Margaret Burnham
  14. This caution was very " canny" and proved my Scottish blood, I couldn't help thinking, as I paused in order to select the most appropriate wish for the heather moon to grant. – The Heather-Moon by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  15. Well, my canny boy, you'll never see thirty again, I suppose. – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett
  16. Had you come by a canny thrust in the fray, as no doubt was his purpose, or were you in his hands to be mewed in a convent, then were your sister worth the wedding; but the Master will never wed her while you live and have friends to back you, and his father, the Regent, will see she has no ill- usage. – The Caged Lion by Charlotte M. Yonge
  17. If Jess, calm, canny, and reliable, stood for the spirit of the North, attractive, persuasive, fascinating little Delia Watts represented the South. – The Jolliest School of All by Angela Brazil
  18. Guides have canny judgment when it comes to guessing, and you can't fool a Harvey mule. – I Married a Ranger by Dama Margaret Smith
  19. She was too canny to be taken, after her successful concealment so far. – Vicky Van by Carolyn Wells
  20. These three seemed ever at war among themselves; they spoke three different tongues; they proclaimed a man of dreams, a canny man of business, a man of vehement determination. – Figures of Several Centuries by Arthur Symons
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