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shot across the bow, a

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shot across the bow, a

noun phrase

A warning or admonition: White House dithering led the Republican whip to fire a warning shot across the Administration's bow

[1990s+; fr an old naval practice]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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