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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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Then, if you slow your pull down at that point, you can basically squeeze off a single-action-type shot.
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.
Even though in years past the gas industry had been able to squeeze off plastic pipe Safely, in recent years there has been an increase in incidents of pipes leaking at squeeze-off points.
Just relax and squeeze off a surprise release as the sight continues to float.
But before Hartkop could squeeze off a round, Deputy Victor Fazio fired three shots, hitting Brazenor in the upper chest and arm.
For example, if a buck is feeding in an alfalfa field and taking an occasional step, time his movements so you know you will have a stationary target for the necessary time it takes to squeeze off the shot.