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What does 'live fire' mean? I am reading the Economist, and I am not sure about the meaning of 'live fire' in this sentence: "Security forces responded with live fire; at least 18 people were killed and hundreds wounded". Is it equivalent to "alarm fire"?
Oct 21, 2019 2:01 PM
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Live fire means use of deadly weapons: guns, bombs etc.
October 21, 2019
It means they fired "real bullets" as opposed to "tear gas" or some other form of "non-lethal" round. Firing live rounds into a crowd is normally a last resort.
October 21, 2019
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