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squeeze off

To fire one or more rounds of ammunition from a firearm by squeezing its trigger. A noun or pronoun can be sued between "squeeze" and "off." The officer squeezed off a shot before the suspect had a chance to put his hands in the air. They squeezed a few rounds off into the air to scare the crowd of people away.
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squeeze off

Fire a gun, as in He squeezed off one shot after another but didn't bring down a single crow. The idiom alludes to squeezing the trigger. [Mid-1900s]
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squeeze off

v.
To fire some amount of ammunition by squeezing a trigger: The police officer squeezed off four shots. I squeezed the shots off in rapid succession.
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Just relax and squeeze off a surprise release as the sight continues to float.
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Now you're ready to expeditiously aim and squeeze off the shot.
When visiting with him at one of the ATA Shows back in the late 90s or early 2000s, Pete told me specifically that you have to squeeze off while hunting, just like you do on the range.
Three times I tried to squeeze off the shot, only to let up each time.
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Unfortunately, many of us are "squeeze challenged." We might squeeze off a few good shots here and there, but let's be honest; punches happen.
Make it your goal to squeeze off a surprise release with every shot you take.
When squeezing off a line under pressure, at the squeeze off point the velocity of the gas inside the pipe accelerates to pass through the narrowing squeeze pipe gap.
Mentally, practice waiting for the animal to open up a good shot, then move the pin in smoothly, lock on the spot and squeeze off the shot.