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open fire

1. verb Literally, to fire or begin firing a gun (at someone). The troops opened fire as soon as they saw the militants exit the building.
2. verb By extension, to begin attacking, criticizing, or interrogating someone. The reporters opened fire on the commissioner with a barrage of intense questions.
3. noun A fire not contained by a fireplace or stove. There's nothing quite like roasting marshmallows over an open fire.
See also: fire, open

open fire (on someone or something)

to begin shooting at someone or something. The troops opened fire on the enemy. The trainees opened fire on the target.
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open fire

(on someone) Fig. to start (doing something, such as asking questions or criticizing). (Based on open fire on someone or something.) The reporters opened fire on the mayor. When the reporters opened fire, the mayor was smiling, but not for long.
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open fire

Begin a verbal attack, as in In her second letter to the editor she opened fire, saying the reporter had deliberately misquoted her . This idiom alludes to discharging a firearm. [Mid-1800s]
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open ˈfire (on somebody/something)

start shooting (at somebody/something): The officer gave the order to open fire on the enemy. OPPOSITE: hold your fire
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open fire

To begin firing a gun or guns.
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WITH gas prices sky high and the amount of rubbish piling up, I say bring back open fires.
Station officer Steve Franklin, of Bickenhill Fire Station, is now calling on any residents with open fires in their homes to check them over to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out.
open fire at Palestinian fishermen's boats almost on daily basis, preventing them
According to police, the incident took place nearby district court in Gujranwala when unknown people open fire on prisoner police mobile van while coming to the court for proceeding the murder case.
A FAMILY of five escaped their burning farmhouse after a spark from an open fire caused a blaze.
A key interview question focused on the fuel used for cooking--wood, coal, electricity, or gas--and, if wood or coal, whether it was burned in an open fire or a stove with a chimney.
Chandler, after speaking with superior officers by radio, had ordered machine-gunners from his heavy-weapons company to set up near the tunnel mouths and open fire.
LAHORE -- A Joint Investigation Team (JIT), having unclear and restricted probing charter, has been informed on Friday that Superintendent Police (SP) Salman Ali Khan ordered police personnel to open fire on the demonstrating male, female, youth and old-age workers amid Model Town clashes on 17 June.
It's worth mentioning that on the daily basis, forces from the Israeli military sites centered at the borders north and east of the Gaza Strip, open fire toward the agricultural lands of Palestinians and their houses, and also chase Palestinian fishermen in Gaza sea and ban them from practicing their only profession.
Other tactics have been for ordinary Iraq is to surround arriving soldiers and appear to welcome them before dispersing to allow troops to open fire from a short distance.
Noam Friedman's intention to open fire on Palestinians but failed to report them.