fire in anger
- (military, idiomatic) To fire a weapon with the intent of causing damage or harm to an opponent (as opposed to a warning shot or a practice shot).
- The Napier of Magdala Battery never fired a shot in anger: it never engaged in combat.
- Despite the use of the word anger, the phrase is not intended to describe the emotional state of the firer.
- Wicaksono, Rachel (accessed 6 August 2010), “Fire in anger”, in Ask About English, BBC World Service