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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 reporter opened fire on the president 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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16, that the Committee formed by Parliament to investigate the circumstances regarding military force opening fire at demonstrators in Falluja, has visited Falluja, listened to witnesses, in addition to seeing a CD showing the military force randomly opening fire on January 25, randomly at the protestors.
Summary: Officials have released a photograph of James Holmes, the man accused of opening fire in a cinema two months ago in Aurora, Colorado.
SANA reporter has been informed that opening fire on the car resulted in the martyrdom of his daughter, the injury of his wife, son and his other daughter , some seriously, where they were transferred to Salamiya National Hospital.
People here live in very difficult conditions because of the occupation forces opening fire towards Palestinian farmers on a nearly daily basis.
Summary: A Hizbullah member suspected of opening fire on a Lebanese Armed Forces helicopter last month denied that his command had ordered him to shoot at the aircraft, LBC television network reported Wednesday.
A former TV actor accused of walking into a Simi Valley bar and opening fire on its customers, killing one man and wounding another, appeared in court Tuesday but did not enter a plea.