fire off


fired off; firing off; fires off

transitive verb

: to write and send usually in haste or anger
fired off a memo

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There’s also very little lag in the camera app, even firing off multiple portrait mode shots back to back. Brandon Widder, The Verge, 1 Apr. 2023 The launch took place three days after North Korea on Thursday fired off at least six short-range missiles into the Yellow Sea. Gawon Bae, CNN, 12 Mar. 2023 Officers charged unannounced through the front door of Taylor's home before firing off more than 20 shots. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2023 Even through the two teams traded a bunch of scoring chances, the score remained 2-0 until Theodore fired off a shot from just inside the blue line which avoided traffic and beat Bobrovsky halfway through the second. George Richards, Sun Sentinel, 7 Mar. 2023 Skimpy upload speeds might be the problem if your Zoom call freezes while your teen is firing off her TikTok creations. Shira Ovide, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Mar. 2023 Bergeron scored his 23rd goal at 12:56 of the third, firing off Shesterkin’s blocker and in. Globe Staff,, 4 Mar. 2023 As more bullets fly overhead, the camera-bearer sweeps his rifle sideways over the trench more in an attempt to pin down his attackers rather than hit them, then finishes the recording firing off another RPG round. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fire off was in 1888

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Cite this Entry

“Fire off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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