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or quick-firing

[kwik-fahyuh r or kwik-fahyuh r-ing] /ˈkwɪkˈfaɪər or ˈkwɪkˈfaɪər ɪŋ/
firing or equipped for firing rapidly, especially at moving targets.
Origin of quick-fire
First recorded in 1890-95

quick fire

a single shot or several shots fired at a rapid rate from small arms at a target, especially one presented unexpectedly.
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But he was secretly elated at the quick-fire success of his joke.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • The windows filled, the streets ahead of us became choked, as the word that the President was coming ran on like quick-fire.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Order followed order like the rattle of quick-fire, and was obeyed with something more than the Wolverine's customary smartness.

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Boil them with a quick-fire, till by trying a little upon a Plate, you find it gellieth.

  • The infantry is armed with the Mauser rifle, the artillery with a shielded Krupp quick-fire piece of 7.5-centimeter caliber.

  • The field and horse batteries are armed with the Krupp quick-fire gun of the model of 1903.

  • Far away on the deck of the Chihuahua the quick-fire racket of Jones's auxiliary was amazingly audible.

    Quick Action Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for quick-fire

quick fire

rapid continuous gunfire, esp at a moving target
Also quick-firing. capable of or designed for quick fire
(informal) rapid or following one another in rapid succession: quick-fire questions
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