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  • a canny investor
  • a crew of canny thieves
  • Emma flashed a canny smile.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The ever-canny Pop had negotiated with her work supervisor that she’d be allowed one protected smoke at the end of her shift and a safe hidey-hole in the kitchen.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • "I would suggest Proverbs, 24th Chapter, 21st verse," said the old minister, with a canny gleam in his eye which Kit understood as John began to read.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • A cannier man might have argued even so, but Junior didn’t have it in him and he changed the subject to the bathroom arrangements.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • There was a kind of quiet wisdom or canniness there, no doubt of that.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • A close passing look had revealed it to be a Stromberg Carlson, which she assumed to be Swedish until Bronek—a simple-seeming but canny fellow Polish prisoner who worked as a handyman in the Commandant’s house and was a chief purveyor of gossip and information—told her it was an American machine, captured from some rich man’s joint or foreign embassy to the west and transported here to take its place amid the mountainous tonnage of booty assembled with frenzied mania for pelf from all…
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "But I’d rather take my time over it—I’m a slow and canny man by nature, d’ye see.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • His eyes, so full of fun, seemed to sharpen with a quick, canny focus.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch

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  • He is knotted with muscle, canny, inquisitive, and still powerful.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • So much cannier.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • It’s no canny to run frae London to the Black Sea wi’ a wind ahint ye, as though the Deil himself were blawin’ on yer sail for his ain purpose.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "You must go on and find out all about that light, and what it is for, and if all is perfectly safe and canny," said Thorin to the hobbit.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • I think her wise and canny beyond her years.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He’s a canny old guy.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The opiate of Zeus’s daughter bore this canny power.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • We shall get you off cannily, Dick: and it will be better, both for your sake, and for that of the poor creature in yonder.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It’s not canny.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • Each time he succeeded in dumping some on the world market for a loss it was snapped up by canny Egyptian brokers in the Levant, who sold it back to him at the original price, so that he was really worse off than before.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Hoots, but they’re na canny.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Aias the runner, son of Oileus, at once came forward; then that canny man, Odysseus, and then Nestor’s son, Antilokhos, fastest man of them all among the young.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Ca’ canny.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • She’d seen him sidle up to women in public places to ask some delving question in his blank-faced canny way.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • He is a steady lad,’ your father said, ’and a canny goer; and I doubt not he will come safe, and be well lived where he goes.’
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Icy and canny, she would listen to what he had to say and wouldn’t declare herself.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • She had everything Somerset Maugham had ever written (once Paul found himself wondering dourly if she had John Fowles’s first novel on her shelves and decided it might be better not to ask), and Paul began to work his way through the twenty-odd volumes that comprised Maugham’s oeuvre, fascinated by the man’s canny grasp of story values.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Among these came the sheriff of the county—a fat, comfortable man with a hard, canny head and a benevolent aspect—who thrust away those who crowded to look down at the body on the sheet with that static and childlike amaze with which adults contemplate their own inescapable portraits.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • One touch of regret—not the canny substitute but the true regret from the heart—would have made him a different man, and the British Empire a different institution.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • This was a rather legalistic maneuver, but Phaedrus by this time had developed a kind of combative canniness.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I battled him with all my strength and canniness about the game.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • That’s what I want cannily to prevent.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • In politics and religion this Sane Citizen is the canniest man on earth; and in the arts he invariably has a natural taste which makes him pick out the best, every time.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Though he was cannily evasive on personal details, she was gathering information.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Is she got a reggiler big canny staw?
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • When all was silent, he smiled a canny smile and spoke in his deepest down-home southern drawl.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • They figured if he had seen them he was a canny one, but they lay quiet, curious like squirrels.
    Louis L’Amour  --  The Broken Gun
  • That’s what I want cannily to prevent.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • My wife was on all fours now, racing around the terminal as the frogs cannily stayed one hop ahead of her.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • I put aside your socialistic vapourings of course—every fellow to his fad—I see in you the makings of a canny business man.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • She’d met him now twice and knew him to be a charming and canny man who made his rather exorbitant living with transportation.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • He had the canny self-assurance of an industry maverick, the outsider who tries to roil the works, japing every complacent rule of belief.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Last Christmas I was really canny—I let my points build up until I’d accumulated enough to buy my granny’s Christmas present.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • At this late date in his romantic career, he is just canny enough to come up with a new theory: She’s being careful because she likes him.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • His face was so bony and gaunt that at times his sallow skin appeared transparent, but his pale blue eyes were sharp and belied a canny stealth and intelligence.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Atzerodt has a reputation for being dim, but he is canny enough to know that once he threw his knife into a gutter, the only obvious piece of evidence connecting him with the conspiracy was being seen publicly on Booth’s horse.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • She watched the tides of traffic cannily; she knew by what corners the largest number of people passed in a day or an hour; she was sensitive to every growing-pain of the young town, gauging from year to year its growth in any direction, and deducing the probable direction of its future expansion.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • A colloquy with Naphta and Settembrini was not exactly a canny experience, or at the least led into uncharted and dangerous regions; and if we can speak of Hans Castorp’s sympathy with the vast winter wilderness, it is because he found it to be, notwithstanding the devout awe it awakened, a suitable arena where he could resolve his tangle of ideas, a convenient spot for someone who, without knowing quite how it had happened, found himself burdened with the duties of "playing king" in…
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • _____________ SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF ROBERT LONG, WILLIS ELLERY, NATHAN COLEMAN, WALTER CANNY, SETH MACY, AND SAMUEL GLEIG, Forming one of the boats’ crews OF THE SHIP ELIZA Who were towed out of sight by a Whale, On the Off-shore Ground in the PACIFIC, December 31st, 1839.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "Miss Nah Canny," he says.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
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