Perhaps you like your Neil Patrick Harris belting in high heels on Broadway, or cannily emceeing an awards show?
Willimon cannily structures the episodes of House of Cards in a more naturalistic fashion than traditional television.
Could he afford to play the safe game and wait until the building capital should be cannily in Mr. Magnus' bank vaults?
The doctor was called, and cannily solved the problem with a buttered shoe-horn.
He fell to speculating, cannily at first, but with success and increasing indulgence in liquor came recklessness.
Ive forgotten most of it, Cletus said, cannily dodging the trap.
They were as much under the water as on top, but Stonor cannily held his breath, while Imbrie struggled insanely.
On one occasion only he cannily indemnified his narrative for this drawback.
And individuals know, with their formulas for conduct often cannily applied with reference to interest.
To one who knows that neighbourhood the picture is cannily vivid.
1630s, Scottish and northern English formation from can (v.1) in its sense of "know how to," + -y (2). "Knowing," hence, "careful." A doublet of cunning that flowed into distinct senses. Often used superciliously of Scots by their southern neighbors (and their American cousins).
The Canny Scot is so well known as scarcely to require description. He carries caution, cunning, and selfishness to excess. Deceitful when a purpose is to be accomplished, he is not habitually deceitful. One thing he never loses sight of--his own interest. But of his own interest he is not the most enlightened judge. ["The Natural History of Scotsmen," in "The Argosy," December 1865]Related: Cannily; canniness.