Flee the Falcon

(To). To let fly the small cannon.

“ `I'll flee the falcon' (so the small cannon was called) `I'll flee the falcon ... my certie, she'll ruffle their feathers for them' ” [ i.e. the insurgents]. —Sir W. Scott: Old Mortality, chap. xxv.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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