Fire a gun, as in He squeezed off one shot after another but didn't bring down a single crow. The idiom alludes to squeezing the trigger. [Mid-1900s]
How Do I Write … To Kill Off A Character?If you're a fiction writer, you know this feeling well: you're toiling away at your story, charting out your plot and reaching pivotal points that will no doubt choke up your readers, when you come to the realization that it's time for one of your characters to sing their swan song. But how are you going to kill them off?
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