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  • v. To kick or hit a projectile with great force.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fire as from a gun


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  • Shakily standing on the unstable crust, I faced the looming bear and raised the stone projectile to my shoulder like a shot put and, with a heave, let fly my only defense.

    127 Hours

  • I let fly a broadside at them, in a single sheet of paper, under the title of “A Fresh Pursuit”; in which, having restated the controversy between them and us, and reinforced our charge of forgery,

    The History of Thomas Ellwood Written by Himself

  • He was refused permission by the shore guard and he was clearly drunk, so, cursing loudly, he let fly at one of them, but this man sidestepped and gave him a haymaker which was returned in kind.

    Noble House

  • Preceded by scattered rounds from individual guns whose gunners had pulled the lanyards before the others, a torrent engulfed the whole front as the entire gathering of Russian guns, mortars and rocket batteries let fly together and raised pandemonium along the 4

    First Clash

  • Shooting, as he practised it, was far too dangerous for his companions; for he carried his gun upon the full cock, as if he were going to board an enemy; and the moment a bird rose, he let fly without ever putting the fowling-piece to his shoulder.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • As he swung violently out of their guidance capability he tried to set his lead element up to bomb the newly revealed and threatening site, but his evasive gyration had not only thrown the Sams off, it had swung him out of position to strike the site as its defending guns let fly all the lead they owned, since their charges had revealed their position during launch.

    Thud Ridge

  • The fact that number four was dragging did not go unnoticed by one of the previously thwarted Migs, and he pushed in between and under the two separated Thuds and let fly with his air-to-air missiles, which had Spade's name all over them.

    Thud Ridge

  • I also found what an excellent job the gunners had done in estimating the height of the clouds as everything north and west of Phuc Yen let fly at once.

    Thud Ridge

  • And presently comes a knight, named "the Albigensis," and: "Sir," says he to me, "unless you help us, we are all burnt; for the Saracens have let fly so many of their fire-darts, that it is just like a great hedge all ablaze bearing down on our turret."

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • Each troop, partnered with two TOW detachments and two detachments of Blowpipe, would be the pivot of his striking force — second, after the TOWs, to let fly at the longer ranges of engagement, and last to vacate each defensive line.

    First Clash


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