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covering fire

(military) firing intended to protect an individual or formation making a movement by forcing the enemy to take cover
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  • covering fire, he shouted, at four hundred—slam it in, and disappeared.

    Grapes of wrath Boyd Cable
  • All the muskets here now, and open a covering fire for this boat!

    There She Blows! William Hussey Macy
  • We, of course, presented a big mark for the Boers, and were not under any (p. 077) covering fire so far as I am aware.

    A Yeoman's Letters

    P. T. Ross
  • On capturing them, I was to open a covering fire to enable the bombers to go further forward.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • He reconnoitred the enemy's trenches, and, under the covering fire of a destroyer, lit his flares at intervals along the beach.

    Some Naval Yarns Mordaunt Hall
  • Rising ground was used as positions for covering fire, and every knoll and hummock became a shoulder to lift the force along.

    The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad

    Edward John Thompson
  • They kept on for the bank, and their own men behind them opened a covering fire over their heads.

    The Scouts of the Valley Joseph A. Altsheler
  • This covering fire was maintained by the Japanese until the infantry was actually in the smoke of their own shrapnel.

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