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long tom

noun, (usually initial capital letters)
1.
a towed 155mm field cannon produced by the U.S. throughout World War II.
2.
a long, heavy cannon formerly carried by small naval vessels.
Origin of long tom
1825-1835
First recorded in 1825-35
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  • This proposition was hailed with delight by all the company except long tom.

    The Kentucky Ranger Edward T. Curnick
  • This advice was heeded, and long tom was the first to move forward.

    The Kentucky Ranger Edward T. Curnick
  • "Be good boys," cried long tom, as we prepared to move off after breakfast.

    In Search of El Dorado Alexander MacDonald
  • Shorty was all for an orchard, but long tom preferred vegetables.

    The Basket Woman Mary Austin
  • The great event was the appearance of a new "long tom" on the Bulwan.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • There could be little doubt "long tom" was on the move, "doing a guy," the soldiers said.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • There was also a large quantity of ammunition for the long tom which he did not disturb.

    The Sun Of Quebec Joseph A. Altsheler
  • My hoss, long tom,—an' he was as game a animal as ever lived,—just wavered an' swayed when I hit th' saddle.

  • I never will forget how I wanted t' wet my hoss, long tom's, tongue, but a wounded bunkie he needed it.

  • The men, fifteen in number, were well armed; and the mate was directed to have long tom ready for emergencies.

    The Coral Island R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for long tom

long tom

noun
1.
a long swivel cannon formerly used in naval warfare
2.
a long-range land gun
3.
an army slang name for cannon (sense 1)
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