friendly fire

noun

Definition of friendly fire

: the firing of weapons from one's own forces or those of an ally especially when resulting in the accidental death or injury of one's own personnel
  • Near the river bordering our camp I find the tents of the four soldiers who were supposedly hit by friendly fire.
  • —Janine Di Giovanni
  • After all, accidental attacks, though tragic, are common in war. In 1967 alone, "friendly fire" killed 5,373 Americans fighting in Vietnam.
  • —Michael Oren

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First Known Use of friendly fire

1918


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