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return fire

This page is about the collocation return fire

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to fire back when someone's firing a weapon at you

For example

  • After enemy soldiers started shooting at us, we returned fire.

  • The police say they returned fire and killed an armed suspect, but witnesses say he didn't have a gun.

Quick Quiz

"The police returned fire" means they

a. returned their guns

b. fired after being shot at

c. returned and fired again

Contributor: Matt Errey