an unintentional fire, from which any resulting loss can be claimed as an insurance liability (opposed to friendly fire).
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How to use hostile fire in a sentence
Increased utilization of helicopter transport meant the wounded made it to an operating room sooner, but close proximity also put nurses within range of hostile fire.Eight Women’s Names Are Among the Thousands on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Here’s What to Know About Them | Francine Uenuma | May 27, 2021 | Time
Rupert Murdoch has a long history of successfully deflecting hostile fire about his influence on the news business.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine | Clive Irving | August 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Whatever the cause, whether hostile fire or mishap or anything else, the tragic result was the same.Death Benefit Scandal Is the Government Shutdown’s Ultimate Insult | Michael Daly | October 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Why art thou come alone, through the hostile fire, our halls to visit?The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson | Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
For this greater exposure the battery had paid correspondingly, several of its men having been killed or wounded by hostile fire.
A good deal of hostile fire all round us, especially close to the nullah, but nothing within 200 yards of the guns.Servants of the Guns | Jeffery E. Jeffery
But ominously enough, amid all these signs of conflict no hostile fire seemed to come in his direction.Servants of the Guns | Jeffery E. Jeffery
They were, however, overwhelmed by the volume of hostile fire.The History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1914-1918 | Frederick William Bewsher