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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.
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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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Israeli forces stationed at the vicinity of Malaka military site opened fire toward agricultural lands, forcing shepherds and farmers to leave the site.
"Gunmen also opened fire on another car with two men onboard, injuring one of them," the source added, indicating that all the injured were transported to Sweida National Hospital to receive the required treatment and their situation is stable.
It is thought there were more than 300 people inside the club when the suspect, identified as Omar Mateen from Port St Lucie, Florida, opened fire.
Therefore, we say, Mr Long was not acting lawfully when he opened fire.
The sources added that Israeli soldiers also opened fire at Palestinian farmers east of al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central part of Gaza strip but no injuries were reported.
A police source in Nineveh told / NINA / that unidentified gunmen opened fire towards the checkpoint belong to the local police in Tamouz area west of Mosul.
Two assailants opened fire on the Church of the Virgin Mary in 6 th October, leaving one policeman, Sergeant Mohamed Taha Sayed, dead and another injured.
"The Israeli forces opened fire on tens of youth in east Gaza and wounded two of them," the spokesperson of the Health Ministry said.
According to Roya News, an Amman-based news service, MP Talal Al Sharif opened fire using a Kalashnikov automatic weapon on his colleague MP Qusai Dmeisi the inside of the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
Additional IDF force patrolling nearby identified the three terrorists and opened fire, killing all three.
Elsewhere in the Gaza Strip, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in al-Sudaniya area, north of Gaza, on Friday but without causing any injury.
Summary: Gunmen have opened fire on a school bus in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing at least three children and the driver, according to a police official.
AN agent from Afghanistan's intelligence unit opened fire at a foreign base yesterday, killing a soldier and a civilian from the Nato coalition.
Iraqi security officials said four people died after gunmen in speeding vehicles opened fire on two security checkpoints in Baghdad.
Noor Amin Dagga, 32, was killed in the south Kashmir district of Anantnag after the police and the CRPF allegedly opened fire on mourners conducting the last rites of 17- year- old Raju Nath.