fire (up)on (someone or something)

(redirected from fire upon one)

fire (up)on (someone or something)

To aim a weapon at someone or something and discharge it. Hey, we're not the enemy—quit firing on us!
See also: fire

fire (up)on someone or something

to shoot at someone or something with a weapon; to shoot in the direction of someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) The troops fired upon the advancing army. The cops fired on Max.
See also: fire, on
References in classic literature ?
A single cresset lighted the chamber, while the flickering light from a small wood fire upon one of the two great hearths seemed rather to accentuate the dim shadows of the place.
According to media reports, a marriage ceremony was underway in the house of ANP Naib Nazim Shair Ali when on a trivial matter, guests opened fire upon one another.