One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Weapon fire coming from one's own side that causes accidental injury or death to one's own forces.
- ‘And then there is the added danger of mines, hidden weapons, friendly fire and the environment itself.’
- ‘Although the combatant forces are heavily intermixed, friendly fire does not appear to have been an issue during the actual battle.’
- ‘The number of British dead now stands at 20, with 18 of those killed in accidents or by friendly fire.’
- ‘Although he was mortally wounded by friendly fire, the flank attack continued under Stuart the next day, joining up with Lee.’
- ‘With seven different dye colors available, it's possible to find out who shot who, and how much friendly fire their was.’
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