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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Quak′er gun`(n.)

  1. a dummy gun, as on a ship or fort: so called in allusion to the Quakers' opposition to war.

Origin of Quaker gun:

1800–10, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Quaker gun(noun)

    a dummy gun or piece of artillery made usually of wood

Wiktionary

  1. Quaker gun(Noun)

    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.

  2. Origin: An allusion to the pacifism associated with practitioners of the Quaker religion.

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  1. Quaker Gun

    A Quaker Gun is a deception tactic that was commonly used in warfare during the 18th and 19th centuries. Although resembling an actual cannon, the Quaker Gun was simply a wooden log, usually painted black, used to deceive an enemy. Misleading the enemy as to the strength of an emplacement was an effective delaying tactic. The name derives from the Religious Society of Friends or "Quakers", who have traditionally held a religious opposition to war and violence in the Peace Testimony.

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