And do you ever wish more hard choices could somehow fall to a canny dwarf?
Only Diana was canny enough to hire a hotshot divorce lawyer and extract an unprecedented £17 million settlement.
She was also a canny, self-deprecating pragmatist who was smart and unpretentious.
Or will the canny political veteran survive yet another close race?
President Obama's precious baby was saved by canny (and expensive) midwives called amendments and add-ons.
Immediate orders were issued by the king for the arrest of the Knight of canny.
The farmer was back in ten minutes, with a canny face that defied reading.
The canny natives had kept an internal corner for contingencies, and polished the kid's very bones.
And old Angus wagged his head and said, "canny lass, the widdy!"
He is a canny, uncertain fellow, and nothing like as hardy as we might expect from his origin.
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.