a shot across the/someone's bow(s)


: a warning to not do something or to stop doing something
The fine is a shot across the bow to an industry that thinks it can ignore the law.

Examples of a shot across the/someone's bow(s) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet the move could be a shot across the bow, as Florida has become a haven for billionaires who often fund and launch food innovations meant to remediate the effects of climate change. Amanda Gerut, Fortune, 3 May 2024 This road car with racetrack roots emerged as a shot across the bow of Jaguar after its comely E-type was unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor show. Erik Shilling, Robb Report, 12 Apr. 2024 The case was a boon to white-collar lawyers and a shot across the bow of international sports. Tariq Panja, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2024 China replied with a shot across the bow on rare earths. Ben Harburg, Fortune, 18 Sep. 2023 The Supreme Court’s June decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency was a shot across the bow of the administrative state. Bernard S. Sharfman and James R. Copland, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 Gazprom blamed the move on the West’s decision to withhold vital turbines because of sanctions, but it was seen by politicians in Europe as a shot across the bow. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 11 July 2022 Even his offensive assistants took a shot across the bow. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 14 Oct. 2020 This is a shot across the bow to proponents of the climate security frame. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 6 Oct. 2011

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a shot across the/someone's bow(s)

a shoulder to cry on

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“A shot across the/someone's bow(s).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20shot%20across%20the%2Fsomeone%27s%20bow%28s%29. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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