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open fire

This page is about the collocation open fire

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to start shooting with a weapon

For example

  • When we saw the enemy soldiers, we opened fire.

  • In 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on protesters, killing four and wounding nine.

Quick Quiz

The soldiers opened fire because

a. they were feeling very cold

b. they were ordered to shoot

c. they had to cook some food

Contributor: Matt Errey