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open fire

(on someone) Fig. to start (doing something, such as asking questions or criticizing). (Based on open fire on someone or something.) The reporters opened fire on the mayor. When the reporters opened fire, the mayor was smiling, but not for long.
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open fire (on someone or something)

to begin shooting at someone or something. The troops opened fire on the enemy. The trainees opened fire on the target.
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open fire (on somebody/something)

to begin shooting at someone or something Do not open fire until you hear the command.
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open fire

Begin a verbal attack, as in In her second letter to the editor she opened fire, saying the reporter had deliberately misquoted her . This idiom alludes to discharging a firearm. [Mid-1800s]
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open fire

To begin firing a gun or guns.
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Chimney fires are rare but are more common at this time of the year when open fires are being used every day," he said.
If you are using an open fire, invest in a good quality fire screen, and also to check that there is nothing flammable in the near vicinity of the hearth.
Never leave open fires unattended - although this seems basic, it is often lack of attention to the basic rules of safety which cause accidents.
Says Jo Aldridge of Stacks Property Search and Acquisition, a specialist: "An open fire does raise the whole green question.
An assistant warden signaled one of the guards in the control room to open fire on the inmates, Botkins said.
Research in the past decade has identified numerous health risks to children who are exposed regularly to smoke from open fires used in cooking.
Garifuna families in Belize, were split almost evenly among those who cooked only with wood on open fires, those who used both open-fire and kerosene-stove cooking, and those who cooked nearly exclusively with kerosene stoves.
Today's order follows bans on open fires announced last week by the Game Commission and this week by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
John Berst, chief of forest fire protection for the state DCNR Bureau of Forestry, also noted that the agency was expanding its ban on open fires by prohibiting open campfires in state park fire rings and grills.
To help prevent wildfires during these seasons, open fires (camp fires and pit fires) are prohibited on state forest lands from Oct.
1 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Vern Ross today lifted the ban on smoking and open fires on state game lands.
The recent rainfall has decreased the fire danger to a point where the ban on open fires and smoking on state game lands is no longer necessary," Ross said.