Only Diana was canny enough to hire a hotshot divorce lawyer and extract an unprecedented £17 million settlement.
Or will the canny political veteran survive yet another close race?
The canny entrepreneur immediately realized that the changing political landscape might mean more money for him.
These are canny, cunning spy masters, and they are thoughtful and reflective.
All of it is so canny we can only wonder why no one had said these things before.
Immediate orders were issued by the king for the arrest of the Knight of canny.
And old Angus wagged his head and said, "canny lass, the widdy!"
The canny natives had kept an internal corner for contingencies, and polished the kid's very bones.
The farmer was back in ten minutes, with a canny face that defied reading.
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.