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friendly fire

Insurance. a fire deliberately set and remaining contained, as in a fireplace or boiler, from which any resulting loss cannot be claimed as an insurance liability (opposed to hostile fire).
(in military combat) fire, as by artillery, by one's own forces, especially when causing damage near or casualties to one's own troops. Unabridged
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  • Their eyes would meet and Colfax's would gleam with a savage but friendly fire.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • The fluid I swallowed went tingling through my whole body like friendly fire.

    A Woman Named Smith Marie Conway Oemler
  • Don Pedro leaned toward me, his eyes glowing with friendly fire.

    A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet
  • No hope remained save that he might be tossed up on the beach somewhere near the friendly fire that was burning as a beacon.

    Darry the Life Saver Frank V. Webster
  • For the toiling Pilgrim in the vast and pathless Desert of Facts there was no kindly face, no friendly fire.

    The Uncrowned King Harold Bell Wright
British Dictionary definitions for friendly fire

friendly fire

(military) firing by one's own side, esp when it harms one's own personnel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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