Definition of running fire in US English:

running fire


  • 1Rapid and continuous gunshots from a body of troops.

    ‘the brigade engaged in running fire’
    • ‘Still no enemies were being engaged in running fire fights, or surrendering, and all the time casualties were mounting through sustained enemy sniper fire.’
    • ‘Finally, the brigade engaged in ‘running fire,’ with soldiers shooting as quickly as possible to create a cacophony of sound.’
    1. 1.1 A rapid succession of comments.
      ‘a running fire of criticism’
      • ‘While he was doing so, with a running fire of commentary from him, the waiter brought in a tray of tea.’
      • ‘In his intentions, this running fire of a provocative and fascinating thesis should provoke a healthy optimism.’


running fire

/ˈrəniNG ˈfī(ə)r/