open fire

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open fire

1. verb Literally, to fire or begin firing a gun (at someone). The troops opened fire as soon as they saw the militants exit the building.
2. verb By extension, to begin attacking, criticizing, or interrogating someone. The reporters opened fire on the commissioner with a barrage of intense questions.
3. noun A fire not contained by a fireplace or stove. There's nothing quite like roasting marshmallows over an open fire.
See also: fire, open

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 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.
See also: fire, open

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]
See also: fire, open

open ˈfire (on somebody/something)

start shooting (at somebody/something): The officer gave the order to open fire on the enemy. OPPOSITE: hold your fire
See also: fire, open

open fire

To begin firing a gun or guns.
See also: fire, open
References in classic literature ?
She, who had never cooked in her life, learned to make bread without the mediation of hops, yeast, or baking-powder, and to bake bread, top and bottom, in a frying-pan before an open fire. And when the last cup of flour was gone and the last rind of bacon, she was able to rise to the occasion, and of moccasins and the softer-tanned bits of leather in the outfit to make a grub-stake substitute that somehow held a man's soul in his body and enabled him to stagger on.
Pregnant women (n = 266) cither received a chimney stove (intervention) or continued to cook over an open fire. Personal exposure to CO was used as an indicator of exposure to household air pollution and as a proxy for particulate matter exposures.
It's important that residents lighting an open fire use a fire guard and get the flue of the chimney swept at least every 12 months - once every six months if burning wood on a regular basis.
A modern woodburning stove uses 80 per cent fewer logs than an open fire and will give out more heat, burning at 600[bar]C, compared to about 270[bar]C for an open fire.
The heat of an open fire spread around the house via the chimney breast causing less dampness, which a lot of houses have suffered since blocking their fires up.
Station Manager Carl Boasman said: "Carbon monoxide - the silent killer - is present when fuel is burned on an open fire, or in a gas appliance.
A FAMILY of five escaped their burning farmhouse after a spark from an open fire caused a blaze.
It spurred firefighters to step up warnings about the importance of using properly-fitting fireguards after it emerged the blaze was caused by a spark from an open fire which ignited the carpet.
A key interview question focused on the fuel used for cooking--wood, coal, electricity, or gas--and, if wood or coal, whether it was burned in an open fire or a stove with a chimney.
Among the 1,717 mothers, 871 cooked with wood over an open fire during pregnancy, 489 used a wood stove with a chimney, and 357 employed electricity or gas.