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friendly fire

Meaning: bullets or bombs from one's own side that kill or injure one's own people

For example:

  • Why are so many of our soldiers killed by friendly fire?

  • They said our son was lost due to friendly fire, but they wouldn't say how it happened.

Note: Can refer to anything from one death or injury caused by an inaccurate gunshot to dozens of deaths and injuries caused by a bomb or missile strike that mistakenly targets one's own forces instead of enemy forces.

Quick Quiz:

A soldier who's killed by friendly fire is shot or bombed

a. on purpose

b. accidentally

c. as punishment

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Contributor: Matt Errey