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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.
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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.
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fire away

Go ahead; say what you must say; ask what you will. This expression, referring to a gun loaded to the muzzle, dates from the early days of firearms and was transferred to other proceedings by the eighteenth century, as in “Mr. Burney fired away in a voluntary [on the organ]” (Frederick Marryat, Poor Jack, 1775).
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But early on today the wind had changed direction and was blowing the fire away from homes and properties in danger.
Never shy to fire away, Romeo kept attacking and shooting but ended up missing 15 of his 21 attempts from the field.
Then Fletcher wanted too long to fire away a second-half effort which cannoned against Huth's arm.
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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Start the fire away from the pile and feed the pile onto the fire as it burns.
She and her son had used a garden hose to keep the fire away from the house, she said.
FIRE AWAY: Terry McSweeney (above) and (right) with fellow gardener Wendy Morris, showing the First World War relic in pride of place outside Bourton Village Hall.
The Scots have never beaten Rhine Fire away but Criner rapped: "If we can win in Frankfurt, then there is no reason why we cannot win in Dusseldorf."