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quick fire

a single shot or several shots fired at a rapid rate from small arms at a target, especially one presented unexpectedly.
Origin of quick fire


or quick-firing

[kwik-fahyuh r] /ˈkwɪkˈfaɪər/
firing or equipped for firing rapidly, especially at moving targets.
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He proceeded with his operations, working the quick fire of cannel which Macauley had started into a glowing bed of hot coals.

    Mrs. Red Pepper Grace S. Richmond
  • In the morning, boil for ten or fifteen minutes over a quick fire.

    The Golden Age Cook Book Henrietta Latham Dwight
  • The roasters ripened deliberately, while keen and quick fire told upon the fryer, the first course of our feast.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • "You speak as if you believed all this nonsense," said Hurst, with quick fire in his eyes.

    Norston's Rest Ann S. Stephens
  • Set in the oven to brown; it will brown in fifteen minutes with a quick fire.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • To do this properly, it is necessary to cook with a quick fire.

  • Meanwhile put the castor sugar into a small enamelled saucepan and stir it over a quick fire until it is quite melted and brown.

  • Supported by the vessel Aquilon the quick fire from la Punta and the bulwarks of the place promptly demolished the fort.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 2 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • As fast as this oil collected, it was skimmed off and boiled over a quick fire.

    The Young Llanero W.H.G. Kingston
  • Another Englishman tried a similar trick on me and I greeted him at once with quick fire from my two machine guns.

    The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
British Dictionary definitions for quick fire

quick fire

rapid continuous gunfire, esp at a moving target
Also quick-firing. capable of or designed for quick fire
(informal) rapid or following one another in rapid succession: quick-fire questions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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