fire in anger
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- (military) To fire a weapon with the intent of causing damage or harm to an opponent (as opposed to a warning shot or a practice shot).
- The Napier of Magdala Battery never fired a shot in anger: it never engaged in combat.
- Despite the use of the word anger, the phrase is not intended to describe the emotional state of the firer.
- Wicaksono, Rachel, "Fire in anger", Ask About English. BBC World Service. URL accessed on 6 August 2010.