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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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It was they who attacked and fired upon us, as we came out of the cafe.
There were two more soldiers at the door of the state-room, and their muskets seemed not to be loaded, for they never fired upon us, and they were shot while trying to fix their bayonets.
"It was just a very short gunfight and it was over, so he was basically in the back waiting for us and fired upon us and our officers fired."
"The enemy rose as a cloud and fired upon us," recorded one participant, "the tomahawks and bullets flying around my ears like hailstones."
Policemen knocked on the door but Unay, said Garcia, 'immediately fired upon us.' 'So we fought back,' Garcia said.