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!
See also: fire
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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The therns fired upon them through shields affixed to their rifles, but on, steadily on, came the grim, black craft.
Police said two people were shot and killed and a third injured after gunmen fired upon them on Wednesday.
SRINAGAR: A motorcyclist and his pillion rider suffered grave injuries after Indian troops fired upon them at a village in south Kashmir's Pulwama disrict on Saturday.A police official said that Shahid Farooq, a resident of Pirchoo village and Aqib Ahmad Dar of Ashmander area in Kashmir were fired upon by the army personnel when they were crossing a checkpost in Bandzoo area.
Bukhari and his two guards were killed after masked gunmen indiscriminately fired upon them outside Rising Kashmir office in Srinagar's Press Enclave on June 14.
Still, the Pakistan police fired upon them. This is absolutely outrageous," Kashmiri told ANI.
According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Khairpur Shabir Ahmed Shaikh on spy information Pir Jo Goth police raided near Rahuja village, the criminals whose were already present when saw the police party fired upon them. During exchange of fires from both sides one constable of Khairpur police Mohammad Moosa Chana killed while one armed person also injured.