fire (up)on (someone or something)

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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!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
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Hooja must have commenced to realize that he was going to lose us, for he again gave orders that we be fired upon. Volley after volley of arrows struck about us.
We proceeded with all possible expedition until we came within fifteen miles of where Boonsborough now stands, and where we were fired upon by a party of Indians that killed two, and wounded two of our number; yet, although surprised and taken at a disadvantage, we stood our ground.
They carried this expedition so secretly, that the unwary inhabitants did not discover them, until they fired upon the forts; and, not being prepared to oppose them, were obliged to surrender themselves miserable captives to barbarous savages, who immediately after tomahawked one man and two women, and loaded all the others with heavy baggage, forcing them along toward their towns, able or unable to march.
I settled my family in Boonsborough once more; and shortly after, on the sixth day of October, 1780, I went in company with my brother to the Blue Licks; and, on our return home, we were fired upon by a party of Indians.
In passing a thicket, they were fired upon by some savages in ambush, and at the same time, the pretended elk, throwing off his hide and his horn, started forth an Indian warrior.
Once the men who headed the wild procession turned and came push- ing back against their comrades, screaming that they were being fired upon from points which they had considered to be toward their own lines.
"Yes," replied Grandfather; "it was so called, because the British, without provocation, had fired upon a party of minute-men, near Lexington meeting-house, and killed eight of them.
A little after, the captain came (as was agreed) to one of the windows, and stood there in the rain, with his arm in a sling, and looking stern and pale, and so old that my heart smote me for having fired upon him.
Farther on you were fired upon by a detachment of sharpshooters, mounted upon the top of a pi-pi.
The therns fired upon them through shields affixed to their rifles, but on, steadily on, came the grim, black craft.
Bijapur (Chhattisgarh) [India] January 23 ( ANI ): Troops of 168 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on an area dominance patrol with Chhattisgarh Police was fired upon by naxals in Bijapur's Basaguda on Tuesday.
According to police rivals of Zaib Alam with whom he was having property dispute had fired upon him.
Shopian (J-K) [India] Dec.02 ( ANI ): A civilian sustained multiple bullet injuries on Saturday after suspected militants fired upon him in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Sharma responded that, the constable saw some suspicious movement and became alert, just then he was fired upon and then a grenade exploded next to his leg.
The police were about to approach the men when they were fired upon, the report said.