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allusion to the pacifism associated with practitioners of the Quaker religion.
( Quaker gun plural ) Quaker guns
( chiefly US , idiomatic , military , weaponry ) A nonfunctional imitation of a gun or of a piece of artillery, typically made of wood and usually intended to deceive enemy forces into overestimating one's available firepower.
1843, James Fenimore Cooper, Wyandotte, ch. 21:
"At all events, your honour, I will carry the quaker in," said Joyce, tossing the stuffed figure on a shoulder. "He do to man the
quaker gun at least, and may be of use in frightening some one of the other side."
1861 Oct. 4, " The Great Rebellion," New York Times (retrieved 30 Oct. 2011):
Quaker gun found there was consigned to the flames to-day, and in its stead heavy artillery, of the genuine sort, commands all the surrounding country.