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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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But the wind shifted, turning the fire away from the homes before more than brush was scorched.
But Tommy was confident so I told him to fire away.
The decoy would draw opponents' anti-aircraft fire away from the real fighters.
But he can fire away all he wants because I don't care what he says.
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Photo: (1--Color) A water-dropping helicopter tries to k eep fire away from homes on Quiet Court in Simi Valley on Friday.