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Definition of Idiomatic Expressions


What does shot across the bow mean?

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shot across the bow

The phrase a shot across the bow is an idiomatic expression that indicates a warning to stop doing something.

The origin of the phrase comes from the naval practices. It is a sort of a military and/or police warning shot which is an intentionally harmless artillery shot with intent to enact direct compliance and order to a hostile perpetrator or enemy forces.


The way the teacher scolded the kids after class is a shot across the bow.

This idiom is in the war category

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