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fire step (plural fire steps)

  1. (military, chiefly historical) A step or platform dug into the front side of a military trench so that soldiers could stand on it and fire over the parapet.
    • 1917, Arthur Guy Empey, Over The Top:
      We stood on the fire step with our heads over the top, peering out into No Man's Land.
    • 1929, Frederic Manning, The Middle Parts of Fortune, Vintage 2014, p. 101:
      ‘One o' the men on the firestep was 'urt too, but they said it was only a nice blighty one.’
    • 1991, Pat Barker, Regeneration, Penguin 2014 (The Regeneration Trilogy), p. 140:
      They spread the lime together, sprinkling it thickly along the firestep, throwing shovelfuls at a bad patch of wall.