double tap

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double tap (plural double taps)

  1. (idiomatic) A tactical shooting technique of pulling the trigger of a weapon twice in quick succession to deliver two shots to the same target zone.
  2. (by extension) A bombing strategy where the same target is attacked twice, with the second attack targeting rescuers and mourners.
    • 2016, Christine Sixta Rinehart, Drones and Targeted Killing in the Middle East and Africa: An Appraisal of American Counterterrorism Policies, Lexington Books (ISBN 9781498526487), page 91
      Perhaps initially in Afghanistan, the double tap was useful as al-Qa'ida or Taliban members would collect the bodies.