Quaker gun

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Quaker gun a dummy gun or piece of artillery made usually of wood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quaker gun a dummy cannon made of wood or other material; -- so called because the sect of Friends, or Quakers, hold to the doctrine, of nonresistance.
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Usage

In literature:

Quakers are not allowed to use guns and pistols, so Phineas had been standing back while George shot.
"Uncle Tom's Cabin, Young Folks' Edition" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
If McClellan had captured "Quaker guns" at Manassas, Halleck had found the like peaceful weapons frowning from the ramparts of Corinth.
"Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I." by John T. Morse
A Quaker gun is not only a paradox, but a sinful one.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
Bowne being a Quaker did not believe in guns.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Every man among them cast aside his Quaker gun with contempt, and wore a cut-and-thrust sword, made out of the sharpest kind of wood.
"Little Grandfather" by Sophie May
Our march was resumed the following day at ten o'clock A. M., and early in the afternoon we captured the "Quaker Guns" at Centreville.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
Quaker influence so far prevailed that the legislature could not be induced to raise a battery, or purchase a gun.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
They had called her father's invention a joke, a Quaker gun, Una and her mother.
"Pemrose Lorry, Camp Fire Girl" by Isabel Katherine Hornibrook
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