free-fire zone

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\ ˈfrē-ˌfī(-ə)r- How to pronounce free-fire zone (audio) \

Definition of free-fire zone

: a combat area in which any moving thing is a legitimate target

Examples of free-fire zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1969, Tom Lacombe was an infantryman in Vietnam, working in a free-fire zone of the Central Highlands, south of An Khe. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2021 The 46th president is lobbing a hand grenade of boring competence into a political free-fire zone. Arkansas Online, 7 Dec. 2020 The clash between the heavily armed fighters and the security police turned the city into a free-fire zone, with residents cowering in cars and supermarkets. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2019 It’s estimated that there were about 1 million to 2 million civilians killed in the war, according to the AP, and many of them were victims of free-fire zones. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, 16 Mar. 2018 The Committee was happy to see Top Commenter Charlie James bringing us some heartland wisdom concerning hunting in his comments about the free-fire zone that the Department of the Interior is creating in our national parks. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of free-fire zone

1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Free-fire zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free-fire%20zone. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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