enfilade fire

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Related to enfilade fire: grazing fire, Plunging fire
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Noun1.enfilade fire - gunfire directed along the length rather than the breadth of a formation
gunfire, gunshot - the act of shooting a gun; "the gunfire endangered innocent bystanders"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
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The Syrians and the Fatah rebels occupied the high ground, allowing them to pour enfilade fire down the main street of the camp, where two thousand people still lived.
Withering enfilade fire from The Pimple scythed through the ranks.
During an attack a very heavy enfilade fire was opened on the attacking company by a hostile machine gun.
"It is likely he was killed by German enfilade fire from Pint Trench as the Battalion attacked Flers from the rear of Delville Wood as they advanced out of Brown Trench.
Sometimes he can get tangled up in his upper-class vowels and mis-speak in a way which allows his enemies to open up the kind of enfilade fire which saw him thrown off the Tory frontbench where he sat as a "National Security" adviser - a position he held even under the last Labour government.
The low hill on the left flank of the advancing troops now raked the open ground with enfilade fire from the machine-guns sited on the hill.