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1Having or showing shrewdness and good judgement, especially in money or business matters:‘canny investors will switch banks if they think they are getting a raw deal’
shrewd, astute, sharp, sharp-witted, discerning, acute, penetrating, discriminating, perceptive, perspicacious, clever, intelligent, wise, sagacious, sensible, judicious, circumspect, careful, prudent, cautiouscunning, crafty, wily, artful, calculatingon the ball, smart, savvysuss, sussedpawkyheads-up, as sharp as a tack, whip-smartlong-headed, sapient, arguteView synonyms
- ‘Tax can eat into your returns so canny investors make us of the available tax breaks.’
- ‘It was a brave gamble, a bid for power, by an ambitious, clever and canny politician who saw his career facing a premature end.’
- ‘There is already evidence to suggest that some canny investors are hoarding such properties, which they plan to sell on in years to come.’
- ‘The wealth brought by his marriage and his canny eye for business between them enabled him to amass a substantial fortune.’
- ‘Both were meticulous artists and canny businessmen, adept at anticipating audience trends.’
- ‘But obviously his canny father has a better plan-and it has nothing to do with love, romance, happiness.’
- ‘In the main, newspaper photographers are very canny with their money, and he was no exception.’
- ‘The canny acumen of business donors leads to inevitable speculation about the tax breaks linked to such donations.’
- ‘We like to think that we are a bit more canny about what we buy.’
- ‘These guys were clever, canny combatants, and they had good media advisors!’
- ‘The canny investor knows that equities can deliver a fortune, the trick is to buy the right stocks at the right time and wait patiently.’
- ‘He is courteous, good-humoured, shrewd, canny and from a humble background in Edinburgh.’
- ‘Beevor seems too intelligent and canny a writer to be taken in by Sudoplatov.’
- ‘On the other hand, soldiers were generally a canny lot and chose intelligently.’
- ‘Cullen is a cautious and canny politician and it is unlikely that he was on a complete solo run with his comments.’
- ‘The canny businessman, who was renowned for his own hard work, knew the percentage deal would be a powerful incentive for employees.’
- ‘Born performer: funny, canny and sharp, Paula Sage is a natural who made her name starring with Kevin McKidd in Afterlife.’
- ‘Other bonds have been caught up in the gloom in recent months, and this may create selective buying opportunities for the canny investor.’
- ‘Scotland has a reputation for canny money management, and frequently outsmarts London's high-flyers.’
- ‘The 33-year-old Scot is a canny businessmen who always has an eye out for a good investment.’
2Northern English Scottish Pleasant; nice:‘she's a canny lass’friendly, agreeable, amiable, affable, nice, genial, likeable, amicable, lovely, good-humoured, personable, congenial, hospitable, approachable, good-natured, companionableView synonyms
Late 16th century (originally Scots): from can (in the obsolete sense know) + -y.
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