hold fire


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hold fire

In air defense, an emergency order to stop firing. Missiles already in flight must be prevented from intercepting, if technically possible.
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No doubt we will know if they will they hold fire following their party conference?
No prices on whether the hosts have learned to spell poor Lemmy Garde's name - best hold fire on those tattoos, Villa fans.
The graphic reminds Americans to have smoke alarms on every floor, hold fire drills, keep fire extinguishers handy and install carbon monoxide and radon detectors.
Wellington orders his men to hold fire, as Napoleon flees, defeated.
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Until then McLaren have to hold fire on making an announcement, with the choice appearing a straight one as to whether they opt for young gun Kevin Magnussen or the more experienced Button.
After initially rejecting an Israeli offer on Saturday for a 24-hour truce, Hamas said yesterday it agreed to hold fire ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
After initially rejecting an Israeli offer on Saturday for a 24-hour truce, Hamas said on Sunday it agreed to hold fire ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Israel's military said it would hold fire starting at 8 a.
The decision to hold fire comes on the heels of a statement release by the United Nations (UN) Security Council, calling for peace and ceasefire, the report added.
The bank is expected to announce its yearend policy on Tuesday, and many economists are hoping that the central bank will hold fire.