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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.
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Origin of long tom

First recorded in 1825–35
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Historical Examples

  • In the Long-Tom Country maternal tenderness is a highly estimated virtue.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864


  • 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

    James Brendan Connolly

  • In many places the surface soil, or in mining phrase, the top dirt, pays when worked in a long-tom.

British Dictionary definitions for long tom

long tom

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