One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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 A rapid succession of comments.‘a running fire of criticism’
- ‘In his intentions, this running fire of a provocative and fascinating thesis should provoke a healthy optimism.’
- ‘While he was doing so, with a running fire of commentary from him, the waiter brought in a tray of tea.’
running fire/ˈrəniNG ˈfī(ə)r/
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