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fire away

1. To begin talking or asking questions. OK, fire away—what do you want to know about my date last night?
2. To begin to shoot a weapon. The robber fired away first and then ran from the cops.
3. To deplete a supply of something by discharging it from a weapon. Don't fire away all your bullets now—more enemy troops are advancing!
See also: away, fire

fire away (at someone)

Fig. to ask many questions of someone; to criticize someone severely. When it came time for questions, the reporters began firing away at the mayor. Members of the opposite party are always firing away at the president.
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fire away

Start to talk or ask questions. For example, You've got more questions? Well, fire away. This expression originated in the 1600s as a military command to discharge firearms and was being transferred to other actions by the late 1700s. Also see fire off.
See also: away, fire

fire away

v.
1. To start to ask questions or talk. Often used as a command: I know you have questions, so fire away. As soon as the candidate finished his speech, the pundits fired away with their commentaries.
2. To begin to shoot with a weapon: The troops landed on the beach and started firing away. I fired away at the burglar as he ran from the house.
3. To use up something by shooting it from a weapon: The recruits fired away all of the ammunition during practice. We fired the last bullets away at the range.
See also: away, fire

fire away

in. to start asking questions; to start talking; to start doing something. The cops fired away at him for an hour.
See also: away, fire

fire away

Go ahead; say what you must say; ask what you will. This expression, referring to a gun loaded to the muzzle, dates from the early days of firearms and was transferred to other proceedings by the eighteenth century, as in “Mr. Burney fired away in a voluntary [on the organ]” (Frederick Marryat, Poor Jack, 1775).
See also: away, fire
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