from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the rapid discharge of firearms in succession by a line of troops.
  • adj. a constant fire of musketry or cannon.


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  • Pushing the Confederate scouts rapidly in with a running fire for a mile or more, while we were approaching a little stream, I hoped to gobble the main body of the enemy's pickets.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • For three months Cavour had sustained the running fire of all except one of the foreign representatives at Turin; as he wrote to the Marquis E. d'Azeglio: “I have the whole corps diplomatique on my back,


  • Rose began a running fire of entreaties that he would have nothing to do with Shahweetah, for that she could not bear the place.

    The Hills of the Shatemuc


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