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  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a dummy cannon made of wood or other material; -- so called because the sect of Friends, or Quakers, hold to the doctrine, of nonresistance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dummy gun or piece of artillery made usually of wood


An allusion to the pacifism associated with practitioners of the Quaker religion. (Wiktionary)


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