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friendly fire

Insurance. a fire deliberately set and remaining contained, as in a fireplace or boiler, from which any resulting loss cannot be claimed as an insurance liability (opposed to hostile fire).
(in military combat) fire, as by artillery, by one's own forces, especially when causing damage near or casualties to one's own troops. Unabridged
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  • Even in today's modern warfare before the use of bots, there has been civilian and friendly fire causalities.
  • Not only had the parasites glutted his bloodstream, but he also was taking friendly fire from his own immune system.
  • He does that so reflexively that there's the occasional friendly fire casualty.
British Dictionary definitions for friendly fire

friendly fire

(military) firing by one's own side, esp when it harms one's own personnel
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