cease fire

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cease fire

  1. (military) Stop engaging in hostile acts, particularly those involving firearms. A command that troops end the existing status of engaging in hostile action.


cease fire (plural cease fires)

  1. Alternative spelling of ceasefire
    • 1996, Tom Sine, Cease Fire: Searching for Sanity in America's Culture Wars, p. 280:
      I also encourage all of us to begin the cease fire in America's culture war by taking the initiative of inviting someone from the other camp to lunch.
    • 2004, R. Elizabeth Migliore, Evening Flower:
      On August 4 there was a cease fire in Java, the battle had lasted all of two weeks.
    • 2011, Jacob Bercovitch, ‎Karl DeRouen Jr., Unraveling Internal Conflicts in East Asia and the Pacific, p. 275:
      To date around eighteen armed cease fires have been agreed between the army and armed groups of the following ethnicities...