And here was a law proposing to give civilians with no training or experience even greater leeway than cops to blaze away.
We concluded to blaze away, hit or miss, and then take to our horses and have a running shot.
All we have to do is to blaze away with our muskets till we can give them a taste of our cutlasses.
At once came a flash of fire from the gas thus generated, and the brushwood commenced to blaze away at a lively rate.
And then he whipped out his own weapon, got into range, and began to blaze away.
They think that I am fooling when I blaze away with both barrels at them.
But they cannot blaze away at any passer-by merely because he is, or resembles, an Asiatic.
But during this our eyes never left the ditch and our rifles were ready to blaze away at the first sign of movement.
If you get excited and blaze away anyhow, you are quite as likely to hit me as you are the tiger.
blaze away into the bushes, durn yer, for thar is game thar ter kill!
"bright flame, fire," Old English blæse "a torch, flame, firebrand, lamp," from Proto-Germanic *blas- "shining, white" (cf. Old Saxon blas "white, whitish," Middle High German blas "bald," originally "white, shining," Old High German blas-ros "horse with a white spot," Middle Dutch and Dutch bles, German Blesse "white spot," blass "pale, whitish"), from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)).
"light-colored mark or spot," 1630s, northern English dialect, probably from Old Norse blesi "white spot on a horse's face" (from the same root as blaze (n.1)). A Low German cognate of the Norse word also has been suggested as the source. Applied 1660s in American English to marks cut on tree trunks to indicate a track; thus the verb meaning "to mark a trail;" first recorded 1750, American English. Related: Blazed; blazing.
"to burn brightly or vigorously," c.1200, from blaze (n.1). Related: Blazed; blazing.
"make public" (often in a bad sense, boastfully), late 14c., perhaps from Middle Dutch blasen "to blow" (on a trumpet), from Proto-Germanic *blaes-an (cf. German blasen, Gothic -blesan), from PIE *bhle-, variant of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).
"to mark" (a tree, a trail), 1750, American English; see blaze (n.2).
To shoot at, either literally or figuratively: The cops blazed away at the villains/ The candidates blazed away on television and radio (1770s+)