: to shoot when one feels one should
The officers were told to fire at will.
Recent Examples on the Web As the Bulls sat back and allowed the Heat to fire at will. —Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 21 Dec. 2022 In Firestarter, Zac Efron and Sidney Lemmon are parents whose daughter develops pyrokinesis and can set things on fire at will. —David Faris, The Week, 9 Jan. 2022 One reason was that the team relied heavily on three-point shooting (40.8 threes attempted per game, second in the NBA) and several players, including Lillard and McCollum, would fire at will when presented with even just a decent look. —oregonlive, 2 July 2021 The finding, while intriguing, likely won't convince everyone that Neanderthals produced fire at will. —Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 19 July 2018
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