fire bay

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fire bay (plural fire bays)

  1. (military) A trench, or section of a trench, with a concealed parapet from which soldiers can fire on the enemy.
    • 1929, Frederic Manning, The Middle Parts of Fortune, Vintage 2014, p. 219:
      Presently Corporal Hamley motioned him forward into the next fire-bay.
    • 1991, Pat Barker, Regeneration, Penguin 2014 (The Regeneration Trilogy), p. 138:
      In the third fire bay he found Sawdon and Towers crouched down over a small fire made out of shredded sandbags and candle ends, coaxing the flames.