fire a shot across someone's

fire a shot across (someone's)/the bows slightly formal if you fire a shot across someone's bows, you do something in order to warn them that you will take strong action if they do not change their behaviour.

Airline staff have fired a warning shot across the company's bows by threatening strike action if higher pay increases are not offered.


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  • fire a shot across — (someone s)/the bows slightly formal if you fire a shot across someone s bows, you do something in order to warn them that you will take strong action if they do not change their behaviour. Airline staff have fired a warning shot across the… …   New idioms dictionary

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