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plunging fire

noun, Military
artillery or other fire that strikes the ground at a steep angle, as from high ground overlooking the target or from a weapon fired at a high angle of elevation.
Origin of plunging fire
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The wooden decks could be crushed by plunging fire from an elevated battery.
  • Even several small howitzers situated directly in the main fort could provide plunging fire on any attacker from the land side.

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