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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.
Elite force in-charge Abdur Rauf stated before the JIT that Khan compelled police men on the scene to open fire on the Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) demonstrators and target their legs which resulted bloodshed of around dozen protestors and injuring around 80.
Defending the security personnel, Rauf said that they were unwilling to open fire fearing of causalities.
It spurred firefighters to step up warnings about the importance of using properly-fitting fireguards after it emerged the blaze was caused by a spark from an open fire which ignited the carpet.
Among the 1,717 mothers, 871 cooked with wood over an open fire during pregnancy, 489 used a wood stove with a chimney, and 357 employed electricity or gas.
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.
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.
The Israeli army regularly open fires on Palestinian fisherman and farmers along the border areas, despite a ceasefire agreement that ended the 2014 war.
Research in the past decade has identified numerous health risks to children who are exposed regularly to smoke from open fires used in cooking.
19, 2018, Category 2 open fires will once again be permitted throughout the Southeast Fire Centres jurisdiction.