To blow great guns. To be very boisterous and windy. Noisy and
boisterous as the reports of great guns.
To run away from their own guns.
To eat their own words; desert what is laid down as a principle.
The allusion is obvious.
“The Government could not, of course, run away from their guns.” —Nineteenth Century, Feb., 1893, p. 193.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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