(n.) = sniper ; franc-tireur ; sharpshooter. Ex: In this novel, the protagonist, against the advice of his parents, chooses to remain in his apartment in war-torn West Beirut and is shot dead by a sniper. Ex: At the other extreme, the grand tradition has come under fire from two franc-tireurs FN Hatt and DE Gerard. Ex: A number of these rifles made their way across the Atlantic and into the hands of Confederate sharpshooters. ---- * fuego de francotirador = sniper fire. (n.) = loose cannon. Ex: It is becoming apparent that Ms Obama may well become a loose cannon and a serious liability for her husband should he win the nomination.