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 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, "Mexico: Botched raid during attempt to arrest El Chapo's son led to massive firefight, chaos," 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, "Vietnam Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the My Lai Massacre," 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, "The Democrats' Unity Commision Isn't Doing Much Unifying," 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 25 Oct. 2020.

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