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warning shot

1. Literally, the firing of a weapon to signal an impending attack and/or to urge the opponent into surrender. We're almost at the shore—send up a warning shot before we land.
2. By extension, something used to signal future events and/or to urge people into a particular course of action. This petition is just a warning shot, saying that we'll be arrested if we keep playing our music so loud. I say, turn it up!
See also: shot, warning
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This is a warning shot for the administration, for the country to revolt against the US.
So he allegedly pulled out a gun and fired a warning shot into the ground, and the youth fled.
We answered with a warning shot toward Syrian areas.
Policemen who earlier took to the stand said the lieutenant first fired warning shots in the air, then shot a protester in the leg using a pellet gun when the protester was about to push a heavy barrel onto them from the first floor of the building under construction.
The secretary-general of Peru's National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State, Carlos Soria said: "There was an incident when one of the members of the indigenous tribe shot an arrow without a tip as a warning shot.
It's impossible to know, of course, whether these incidents are reported honestly, or whether soldiers sometimes report a poorly-aimed warning shot as a "ricochet.
Once the suspected pirates brought the skiff to a complete stop following the second warning shot, Vella Gulf, and the guided missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72) closed immediately to intercept the skiff.
THE owner of Currys and PC World have fired a warning shot at America's Best Buy as it prepares for the arrival of a major new player in the UK.
Police said they fired a warning shot before shooting the man, who
Meanwhile the US military confirmed soldiers had killed a young Iraqi girl after firing a warning shot at a woman who "appeared to be signalling to someone" along a road where several bombs had recently been found.
On another occasion an "arced" warning shot was fired.
A valleys mp today fired a warning shot to the planned Labour and Plaid Cymru Assembly coalition saying: "There will be twists and turns yet.
The 66 year-old actor claimed he fired a warning shot after his son Griffin attacked him with a poker.
The decision is also a warning shot across the bows of the many companies who put profits before safety.