open fire


: to begin shooting
A man opened fire in a crowded mall.
often + on
The soldiers opened fire on enemy troops.

Examples of open fire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police say the Jaguar was navigating around some traffic cones down the street and sideswiped the Volvo, angering Zuniga and motivating him to chase down the Jaguar and open fire. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 6 June 2024 In one incident more than 100 people are killed, Palestinian officials say, when thousands converge on an aid convoy and Israeli troops open fire. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2024 Gunmen open fire at Crocus City Hall building, an entertainment complex in Moscow. George Petras, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 That prompted the other officers to open fire, Jarjura said. Teri Figueroa, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2023 Not only will the 9.75-inch candles, which come in antique bronze and pewter, look beautiful in your windows, but the LED lights are also safer to have around kids and pets than the real thing since there’s no open fire. Lauren Taylor, Southern Living, 6 Dec. 2023 The three officers then open fire on the man, shooting multiple rounds, the video shows. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 And those seeds are not roasted by an open fire; they’re toasted in an oven or skillet, then ground into an earthy, rich, and nutty paste. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Nov. 2023 The soldier said Card then threatened to open fire at a drill center in Saco, Maine, the letter said. Emily Wax-Thibodeaux, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2023

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“Open fire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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