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  • adj. Designating an area in which military personnel have authority to shoot on anyone without obtaining prior clearance.


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  • One more place that used to be safe and ordinary, suitable for children, is suddenly, for one random moment, a free-fire zone.

    Robert Koehler: The Paradox of Disarmament

  • The goal became to blockbust the cities, scaring the white people into moving to the suburbs, and making the inner cities into free-fire zones for business, where they could build and pollute with no pesky good-government types looking over their shoulders.

    Matthew Yglesias » By Request: Crime and Recession

  • Two of the battlegrounds highlighted in The Pacific, Peleliu and Iwo Jima, were free-fire zones, void of civilians, save perhaps for Korean slave laborers imported by the Japanese.

    Getting Their Guns Off

  • From then on, the planet was – conceptually speaking – a free-fire zone, and even before robotic weaponry developed to its present level, it was already a drone-eat-drone world to the horizon.

    America's permanent robot war | Tom Engelhardt

  • Suddenly, "sovereignty" had next to no meaning if you weren't a superpower; the US was ready to take out after terrorists in up to 80 countries; and the planet, by definition, had become a global free-fire zone.

    America's permanent robot war | Tom Engelhardt

  • After 19 months of mass market campaigning inside the most luxurious cocoon money could buy, Meg Whitman on Thursday suddenly found herself in the political free-fire zone.

    Phil Trounstine: Character in the CA Gov Race: eMeg, Nicky & the Smoking Letter

  • Another word for this is blogging, or at least what blogging might be after it matures — meaning, after it transcends its current status as a free-fire zone and settles into a more comprehensive system of gathering and presenting information.

    The Newsweekly’s Last Stand

  • A few months ago, the area was a free-fire zone where rebels fought for their lives against government troops.

    Libya shows signs of slipping from Muammar Gaddafi's grasp

  • All Vietnamese territories outside US control were declared “free-fire zones” and airplanes rained bombs and napalm on anything that moved, destroying crops and live-stock and entire villages.

    March « 2010 « Bill Ayers

  • By all means, let the US be associated in the Arab mind as smiling, unquestioning friends of a nation that makes free-fire zones out of civilian areas.

    Matthew Yglesias » Lieberman & Lieberman: Together at Last


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