Definition of return fire in English:

return fire


  • Retaliate by shooting back.

    ‘police returned fire and wounded him’
    • ‘Troops were attacked by grenades and small arms and returned fire, killing three.’
    • ‘A seven-year veteran of the army, he grabs his rifle and returns fire.’
    • ‘The Ministry of Defence said that the soldiers returned fire after coming under attack.’
    • ‘The sheriff said three other officers returned fire.’
    • ‘If there is an extraction of our people, they can return fire to defend themselves.’
    • ‘In self-defence, the force immediately returned fire and killed the two aggressors.’
    • ‘His fellow guards returned fire, wounding the suspect, his name.’