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fire away

1. To begin talking or asking questions. OK, fire away—what do you want to know about my date last night?
2. To begin to shoot a weapon. The robber fired away first and then ran from the cops.
3. To deplete a supply of something by discharging it from a weapon. Don't fire away all your bullets now—more enemy troops are advancing!
See also: away, fire

fire away (at someone)

Fig. to ask many questions of someone; to criticize someone severely. When it came time for questions, the reporters began firing away at the mayor. Members of the opposite party are always firing away at the president.
See also: away, fire

fire away

Start to talk or ask questions. For example, You've got more questions? Well, fire away. This expression originated in the 1600s as a military command to discharge firearms and was being transferred to other actions by the late 1700s. Also see fire off.
See also: away, fire

fire away

v.
1. To start to ask questions or talk. Often used as a command: I know you have questions, so fire away. As soon as the candidate finished his speech, the pundits fired away with their commentaries.
2. To begin to shoot with a weapon: The troops landed on the beach and started firing away. I fired away at the burglar as he ran from the house.
3. To use up something by shooting it from a weapon: The recruits fired away all of the ammunition during practice. We fired the last bullets away at the range.
See also: away, fire

fire away

in. to start asking questions; to start talking; to start doing something. The cops fired away at him for an hour.
See also: away, fire
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While battling in the streets of Havana, players fire away at enemy combatants while in pursuit of Castro.
We'll fire away with that and whatever will be, will be when the decision is made.
I told him to fire away and then I just remember going to sleep.
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Ground firefighters, helicopters and airplanes kept the Topanga Fire away from all but two homes and a few other structures, at a cost of $5.
So go ahead, fire away with the really intrusive and insulting questions," he jauntily remarked to a recent press conference.
She and her son had used a garden hose to keep the fire away from the house, she said.