fire a shot across
- fire a shot across (someone's)/the bows
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 — 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… … New idioms dictionary
fire a shot across the bows — 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… … New idioms dictionary
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