fire (up)on (someone or something)

(redirected from fire upon them)

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 ?
The banners of Helium had been strung from stem to stern of each of our mighty craft, but the Zodangans did not need this sign to realize that we were enemies, for our green Martian warriors had opened fire upon them almost as they left the ground.
"As soon as the enemy are within musket shot, we must fire upon them. If they continue to advance, we must fire again.
The victims were going for hearing of the case in the court when some unidentified armed masked men opened fire upon them.
According to media reports, the victim, identified as Haji Mohammad Ismail, resident of Gird Gap along with his friend was on his way when some unknown armed masked men opened fire upon them near Saryab Custom.
Various hideouts of the Chotu Gang were destroyed by soldiers and members of the gang left their posts after the army used artillery to fire upon them. The whole area sounded off with loud explosions and gunshots from the operation.
The commander is then said to have taken cover, and other members of EUFOR chased Mr Abazovic while the woman turned her fire upon them. The suspect was eventually cornered, at which point he turned his weapon upon himself, shooting himself in the forehead and falling to the ground.
According to media reports, two women identified as Asima Bibi and Taj Begum, resident of native village of Jehanian Chak 53 10/R came to court in connection with hearing of a case when some unknown armed masked men opened fire upon them and fled.
On spotting police dacoits opened fire upon them. In retaliating firing, one dacoit was killed while his accomplice managed to escape from the scene.
When police intercepted all these suspects on a signal they opened fire upon them.
According to media reports, two security personnel identified as Hawaldar Farhad Ali and Sepoy Nawaz Khan tried to stop a car near Shahgoga check post on Malakand road for checking when some unknown armed suspects, sitting in the vehicle opened fire upon them and fled.
According to media reports, two doctors identified as Abdul Sattar, 50 and Alia were going back to home from clinic located in Khayaban e Towheed in a car on the night between Friday and Saturday when two unknown armed motorcyclists opened fire upon them and fled.
On a tip off police reached the scene .Spotting police dacoits opened fire upon them.
Sources said that the victim, Jehangir Kathia along with his associate Zulfiqar Kathia was going to Multan in connection with case hearing when people of rival group Zaheer Kathia, Nasir and Azhar in ambush opened fire upon them. As a result Jehangir Kathia, retired ASI Police died on the spot while Zulfiqar sustained injuries that were rushed to nearby Tehsil headquarters hospital from where he was shifted into DHQ hospital Sahiwal.
In the wee of Sunday, Hayat (30) was shot dead and Shahid sustained injuries when unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire upon them in Gulistan-e-Johar i.e., Perfume Chowk.