warning shot

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warning shot

1. Literally, the firing of a weapon to signal an impending attack and/or to urge the opponent into surrender. We're almost at the shore—send up a warning shot before we land.
2. By extension, something used to signal future events and/or to urge people into a particular course of action. This petition is just a warning shot, saying that we'll be arrested if we keep playing our music so loud. I say, turn it up!
See also: shot, warning
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However the man who fired the warning shot was eventually arrested and so was the accused with the long rap sheet, said the ministry statement.
The warning shot scared the wife who started screaming when the robbers also demanded their car keys.
The warning shot came after agencies downgraded Greek and Irish debt to junk status.
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, claimed the USS Thunderbolt fired the warning shots after the Iranian vessel ignored radio calls and the ship's whistle.
In a statement, US Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain said the patrol craft Thunderbolt fired the warning shots in front of a Pasdar vessel after it ignored radio calls, flares and the ship's whistle signaling it to move away.
Gary Alejano, a former Marine officer, who claimed that it was China's Navy, and not its Coast Guard that fired the warning shots at the Union Bank.
Right after the warning shots, the drone returned back to the north.
MEDENINE (TAP)- A National Guard patrol shot, in the closed zone, a smugglers car which did not obey the warning shots to stop.
Military officials told Yonhap that after the warning shots were fired, the North Korean boats sailed back to the North Korean side of the so-called Northern Limit Line, which Pyongyang refuses to recognize as the maritime border with the South.
Dildar Khan, a tribal police official in Datta Khel, said the helicopters flew at a relatively low altitude and returned after the warning shots.
The USS Whidbey Island fired the warning shots in response to a small Iranian boat that was rapidly approaching it, said a US Navy official.
The ship was in an area that could be considered Russian territorial waters when it was spotted, but the warning shots were fired in the high seas close to Japanese territorial waters, the officials said.
I stated my opinion, and the government is still studying carefully the relationship between the warning shots and the Constitution," Norota told reporters.
A young girl from the Syrian group, Nayef, was seriously wounded by the warning shots and later died at Kilis State Hospital.
It seems that the warning shots were not directly aimed at the jetliner.