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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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This is a warning shot for the administration, for the country to revolt against the US.
So he allegedly pulled out a gun and fired a warning shot into the ground, and the youth fled.
We answered with a warning shot toward Syrian areas.
Policemen who earlier took to the stand said the lieutenant first fired warning shots in the air, then shot a protester in the leg using a pellet gun when the protester was about to push a heavy barrel onto them from the first floor of the building under construction.
The secretary-general of Peru's National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State, Carlos Soria said: "There was an incident when one of the members of the indigenous tribe shot an arrow without a tip as a warning shot.
It's impossible to know, of course, whether these incidents are reported honestly, or whether soldiers sometimes report a poorly-aimed warning shot as a "ricochet.
Once the suspected pirates brought the skiff to a complete stop following the second warning shot, Vella Gulf, and the guided missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72) closed immediately to intercept the skiff.
THE owner of Currys and PC World have fired a warning shot at America's Best Buy as it prepares for the arrival of a major new player in the UK.
Police said they fired a warning shot before shooting the man, who
Meanwhile the US military confirmed soldiers had killed a young Iraqi girl after firing a warning shot at a woman who "appeared to be signalling to someone" along a road where several bombs had recently been found.
On another occasion an "arced" warning shot was fired.
A valleys mp today fired a warning shot to the planned Labour and Plaid Cymru Assembly coalition saying: "There will be twists and turns yet.
The 66 year-old actor claimed he fired a warning shot after his son Griffin attacked him with a poker.
The decision is also a warning shot across the bows of the many companies who put profits before safety.
Quibbling over the minuscule amount of trash the city currently sends in that direction is is the supes' way of firing a warning shot - don't even think about sending any more.