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Difference between Blow great guns and Go great guns

blow great guns —(of wind) blow severely:

  • The wind was blowing great guns but there was only the thinnest sprinkle of rain.

go great guns —(dated coll.) proceed or perform with great speed, skill, or success:

  • You will then not only go great guns—move steadily forward—but also become big shots—important personages.

Cf.: great guns—persons of distinction or importance:

  • They are great guns in the kitchen, but shrink to suitable dimensions in the presence of their betters.