- a towed 155mm field cannon produced by the U.S. throughout World War II.
- a long, heavy cannon formerly carried by small naval vessels.
Origin of long tom
First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for long tom
In the Long-Tom Country maternal tenderness is a highly estimated virtue.
In the house of a Long-Tom settler who charges five dollars a day extra because his wife feels like a mother.
He must have seen, for the ensign dipped three times again, and from the long-tom in her waist shot out a puff of smoke.Wide Courses</p>
James Brendan Connolly
In many places the surface soil, or in mining phrase, the top dirt, pays when worked in a long-tom.The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52
Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
- a long swivel cannon formerly used in naval warfare
- a long-range land gun
- an army slang name for cannon (def. 1)
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