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Monday, November 21, 2011

Definitions for salvo

  1. Something to save a person's reputation or soothe a person's feelings.
  2. An excuse or quibbling evasion.
  3. A simultaneous or successive discharge of artillery, bombs, etc.

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Citations for salvo
King Edward, however, artfully inserted a salvo, saving the rights of the King of England and of all others which before the date of this treaty belong to him or any of them in the marches or elsewhere. G. A. Henty, In Freedom's Cause
Ignoring sons, he scanned the daughters with salvo upon salvo of loving glances... William T. Vollmann, The Royal Family
Origin of salvo
1585-1595
Salvo originates in the Latin word salvus meaning “safe.”