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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
1825-35
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  • It came in thick showers through the windows, and disturbed the patients as much as the screams of long tom.

    A Sister of the Red Cross Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • This advice was heeded, and long tom was the first to move forward.

    The Kentucky Ranger Edward T. Curnick
  • But when they learn that new hands have taken hold of the long tom they may think that they can start their funny business again.

    Ted Strong in Montana Edward C. Taylor
  • "Be good boys," cried long tom, as we prepared to move off after breakfast.

    In Search of El Dorado Alexander MacDonald
  • All the winter, however, Shorty and long tom brought water for drinking from a spring, and looked for the stream to come back.

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

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • The desultory bombardment went on as usual, except that "long tom" did not fire.

    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
  • To the west of the line of the long tom Ranch the land became more broken.

    Ted Strong in Montana Edward C. Taylor
  • My hoss, long tom,—an' he was as game a animal as ever lived,—just wavered an' swayed when I hit th' saddle.

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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